A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
I love Aretha Franklin’s version of “Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep”.
“Jesus Comforts the Sisters”, John 11:17) Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 18) Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: (That is about two miles). 19) And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20) Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21) Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22) But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23) Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Philippians 3;21. 24) Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the Resurrection at the last day. 25) Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27) She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 28) And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. 29) As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto Him. 30) Now Jesus was not yet come to town, but was in that place where Martha met Him. 31) The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. 32) Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 33) When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the Spirit, and was troubled, 34) And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto Him, Lord, come and see. 35) Jesus Wept. Romans 12:15. 36) Then said the Jews, Behold how He loved him! 37) And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v17-32) Here was a house where the fear of God was, and on which His Blessing rested; yet it was made a house of mourning. Grace will keep sorrow from the heart, but not from the house. When God, by His grace and providence, is coming towards us in ways of mercy and comfort, we should, like Martha, go forth by faith, hope, and prayer, to meet Him. To enlarge Martha’s expectation, our Lord declared Himself to be the Resurrection and the Life. In every sense He is the Resurrection; both body and soul are kept from evil forever. Those who, in the day of peace, set themselves at Christ’s feet to be taught by Him, may with comfort, in a day of trouble, cast themselves at His feet, to find favour with Him. v33-37) Christ’s tender sympathy was with these afflicted friends; in all afflictions of Believers He is afflicted. His concern for them was shown by His kind inquiry after the remains of deceased friend. It was shown by His Tears. He was a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Tears of compassion resemble those of Christ. We have not a “High Priest” who cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities. It is a good step toward raising a soul to spiritual life, when the stone is taken away, when prejudices are removed and a way is made for the Word to enter the heart.