To Sit At His Feet

Jesus comes to hang out at the house of Mary and Martha.

How many times have you had fellowship with others and someone gets rattled because they feel they are doing more than someone else? Why? Or how many people do you know that try to impress you with their works? I am around people like this all the time. It’s very annoying. There are some people who I know that are involved in church works and seem to make it a constant effort to inform me of their latest achievement, as if I am God, and I am constantly perplexed by this whole thing. It happens with every encounter. I don’t inform them, every time I pray with someone, or witness to a person of the Lords love which should be our lifestyle in action, but it seems that this is what these people do for a living. They take people to church and tell me about it, as if I am the scorekeeper.

Now Martha was busy cleaning while Jesus was visiting and Mary knew this was a moment that could be captured or lost eternally. She chose to sit at His feet and listen to every word that came from his mouth. The very mouth of God. Who would want to do works of the flesh when you could listen to God speak? But this is exactly what was happening at that moment and the reason for Martha’s irritation with Mary. But Jesus spoke and broke the spell over Martha.” As Martha was worried and upset in all her preparations and it states that she was distracted from what was important, meaning the presence of the Lord, she actually told Jesus to address Mary’s refusal to help her.”Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

It was at this point that Jesus responded “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.(Luke 10:38-41)

When I was a young girl, I would go to visit my father and I didn’t know why I would always do this, but I would crouch beside his chair. He would watch his tv shows and people would come and go into his home and I felt a sense of protection in that place. I knew he was my father even though he didn’t live with me any longer, but this was a place  of comfort and security for me. To go into his kitchen and busy myself would have been awkward, although I did help, I would rather have chosen to be at his side. It was time that I would have never been able to recover, as I later found was cut very short and as the Lord was also trying to convey in His own short life, of 33 years, every minute on this earth and every word spoken would hold extreme eternal value, as we can see even now. And this is why He spoke this to Martha, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” He knew every minute counted. He knew the dirty dishes did not. He knew to face the cross, that the floors would still be dirty. The churches will fold and church leaders would still be corrupted by wealth, but the true church would be unfolding the day He resurrected and nothing could stop it! He was trying to tell Martha that all faith, based on works…is dead.

 This is why, Mary’s choice,  was the better choice. She was feeding her spirit, not her flesh.”For man does not live by bread alone, but by every WORD that proceeds from the MOUTH of GOD!.”  She was hearing the voice of the Savior!


Jesus Wept-John 11:35

Jesus grief

Jesus grief

“Jesus Wept.” The shortest verse in scripture, yet one of the most powerful.

When you read the account it is at the time of Lazarus death. Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus, who was with his disciples. He was told that Lazarus was sick.

Yet upon hearing these words, Jesus “stayed for three more days.” He then told his disciples that,” Lazarus is already asleep and I must wake him.”

Of course the disciples thought Jesus was speaking of the natural and He had to tell them plainly,” Lazarus is dead.”

People question the reasons for Jesus, remaining behind when reading this story. First, Mary and Martha send word that, “the one you love is sick.” This certainly indicates a strong relationship between Jesus and Lazarus.

Also, people wonder at these two powerful words. “Jesus Wept.” Why did Jesus deliberately take His time, knowing that his good friend was dying? Why also, did Jesus cry if He knew, He could resurrect him?

Well the answer lies in verse14, when He tells His disciples, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake, I’m glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

Jesus knew this was to be the miracle that He would perform for all to see and it would be a true testimony of faith.

It is interesting that Thomas makes his doubting obvious already, as he states in verse 16, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him. He knew that Jesus was hated by the religious leaders and assumed that they would all be killed. I’m sure you recognize Thomas. He was the same guy that said, when confronted in the upper room, by Jesus, in His resurrected body, “unless I can touch the scars on your hands, I cannot believe.” Well, doubting Thomas, was a doubter, no more.

Now, upon Jesus arrival, Mary and Martha had been mourning the death of their brother. I know this deep grief, as I have lost two brothers. And knowing that the messiah was standing here, a little bit too late, must have added to their grief.

Mary ran and fell at Jesus feet, weeping and stated, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping it says that He was deeply moved. The translation is “profound emotion involving anger.” Why would He be angry? Because this is the direct result of Satans destruction. Satan brought misery and sin into this world. But Jesus reminded Martha, “I am the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me, shall never die.:Then Jesus poses the question of faith, “Do you believe this? “Martha answers, “Yes, Lord, I believe you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

It was after Mary fell at His feet that her and the others that had come along with her led Jesus to the tomb.” When He saw where Lazarus was laid, “Jesus wept.” verse 35

This scripture has always fascinated me. I went on a retreat once and everyone had handkerchiefs at their seats. On the handkerchief it said, “Jesus Wept.” and a little teardrop was painted on it. We cried a lot that weekend. It was a Via De Cristo, weekend. I was a very new believer and it was so instrumental in my walk with the Lord. All of us used those handkerchiefs and remembered that the Lord feels our pain.

I have grown to understand that Jesus, although He is God, was also in human form. He understood the plight of mankind and the suffering that all of us would endure. The grief that comes with the death of a loved one. He knew that all of the suffering of the world filled Him. He carried this with Him and on this day, He was about to show mankind, that indeed, He had overcome the world. He was about to prove to those who had faith, that this was just the beginning of His plan of redemption. It would be His own death and resurrection that would ‘seal the deal.’ He came to “destroy the works of the devil.”

Of course Jesus knew that Lazarus would die a natural death, again one day. Yet now He was going to resurrect him, for everyone to see the meaning of life eternal. In verse 40, Jesus had to deal with doubt once again, as He told them to remove the stone in front of the tomb. Martha was telling Him that by now the odor would be very strong as Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” He asks once again.

So it seems that faith, is the key. How can one receive faith? Well, God tells us in His word that, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. So the first step to building our faith is to know God by reading His words to us. The bible is a spiritual book and we are also made in His image. A body, a soul and a spirit.

I just heard of a friend who has lost his father and his brother. All within the last year. The same thing happened to me. I know the extreme grief that comes with this loss. But so does the Lord. Surely if He cried, He feels our deepest sorrows. Yes, He has redeemed us. So at His return, we shall not see death. When I lost my brother, I was with him. And seeing what I saw, made me believe. I saw my brother lift himself up and he looked as if he was excited, and anxious to leave with someone. My family saw this and exclaimed, “Who is he looking at?” As we called out to him that we loved him, he seemed to leave his own body. He took a couple of breaths and laid back so peacefully, as if to go to sleep. I didn’t know about these scriptures until I became a Christian. After reading these accounts, I could relate to all of this. Now I understand why it is important to read His words to us. It comforts our spirits and teaches us about the one who loves us.

I spoke with someone the other night and he claimed, he didn’t believe in God. My belief is that people that say this, want to be convinced. This is easy enough to me. I think that to believe in nothing, takes more faith. To believe that all of this created itself, by blowing up? That takes a lot of faith and I would say that the only way one will believe God’s truth, is first to know it.

The Lord very clearly told us that “He is the Resurrection and the Life.” He tells us we must believe in Him if we want eternal life.

My statement to those who challenge my faith is this; If I believe what the Lord tells us  and I’m wrong, I won’t lose anything. But if you believe in nothing and refuse His offer, you will stand to lose everything.

However, there’s no turning back for me. I do believe and His truth is absolute. It isn’t a truth of convenience. It’s all written in His word and all of us can have it. He says, “I hold in my hands, blessing or curse, Life or death. Choose life!”