"Martha said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe"
Christ went to raise Lazarus, and the fame of that miracle was the
immediate cause of His seizure and crucifixion (Jn 11,46)... He felt
that Lazarus was wakening to life at His own sacrifice; that He was
descending into the grave which Lazarus left. He felt that Lazarus was
to live and He to die; the appearance of things was to be reversed; the
feast was to be kept in Martha's house (Jn 12,1f.), but the last
passover of sorrow remained for Him. And Jesus knew that this reverse
was altogether voluntary with Him. He had come down from His Father's
bosom to be an Atonement of blood for all sin, and thereby to raise all
believers from the grave, as He was then about to raise Lazarus; and to
raise them, not for a time, but for eternity...
Contemplating then the fulness of His purpose while now going about a single act of mercy, He said to Martha, "I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shall never die." Let us take to ourselves these comfortable thoughts, both in the contemplation of our own death, or upon the death of our friends. Wherever faith in Christ is, there is Christ Himself. He said to Martha, "Believest thou this?" Wherever there is a heart to answer, "Lord, I believe," there Christ is present. There our Lord vouchsafes to stand, though unseen—whether over the bed of death or over the grave; whether we ourselves are sinking or those who are dear to us. Blessed be his name! nothing can rob us of this consolation: we will be as certain, through His grace, that He is standing over us in love, as though we saw Him. We will not, after our experience of Lazarus's history, doubt an instant that He is thoughtful about us and that he stands at our side.
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