[This is the second of four installments about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.]
When she [i.e. Martha] had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and was coming to Him.
– John 11:28-29 NASB
Recall that Jesus has come to the town of Bethany because of Lazarus. Lazarus was sick and then died. By the time Jesus arrives, Lazarus has been dead four days. Lazarus is survived by his two sisters: Martha and Mary. Martha has been interacting with Jesus and then comes this part of the story. It’s short, but there’s a lot of meaning to be seen in it.
What Martha says to her sister, applies in a much grander way to you, me, and the whole world. Let’s break down the sentence into three parts.
Jesus is a “teacher.” He came to teach us how to live in this world. That’s why His followers are called “disciples.” To be a disciple is to be subject to discipline – that is, training. Jesus teaches us by word and deed. Because He practices what He preaches, we can learn from what He says and from what He does. He models the behavior He wants to see in us.
If we are not learning from Jesus day by day then we are not properly relating to Him day by day.
No matter where “here” is, Jesus is “here.” That’s because He’s everywhere. When Jesus was interacting with Martha, He was on the earth and limited in geographical presence just as every human being is limited. In His resurrection and ascension, Jesus was seated at the right hand of God. In the coming of the kingdom of God, Jesus came as God into every square inch of the cosmos because God is omnipresent.
“…and is calling for you.”
Jesus is calling for each of us. Remember that He said:
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
– Luke 5:32 NASB
Do you “get up quickly and come to Him” each morning as Mary came to Him that day?
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, I come to You each day because You give me life each day. You not only give me the breath that sustains my body, You give me the forgiveness that sustains my soul. Let me live this day in thanksgiving to You…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.