Whenever we see real belief, we know that a significant
resurrection from the dead has already taken place. Those who have
been raised from the dead spiritually express their new life by
believing in Jesus Christ. We see that Mary and Martha truly believe
in , and so we see evidence that they have been raised
from the dead spiritually. This passage serves to picture what will
happen to them, and to all who believe in Christ, in the future.
Their spiritual resurrection will surely result in a physical
resurrection from the dead.
There is a real change that has taken place in Martha’s life.
Once, she was so anxious about making sure that she was a good hostess
that she failed to sit at her master’s feet (Luke 10:38-42). Now, we
see that a change has taken place. She hurries to go get her sister
Mary and bring her to Jesus.
Mary went immediately to go see Jesus, and her friends and
relatives went with her, since they thought she was going to the
graveside to mourn. The scene that follows is characterized by
hopelessness. Mary and many of the friends and relatives thought that
the only hope for had passed, since Jesus, the healer, did not
arrive prior to Lazurus’ death.
Yet Jesus showed them all that he has power over death. Even
though Lazarus had been in the grave for four days, Jesus called
Lazarus forth and he came out of the grave. This miracle showed for
the and the glory of the one he had sent.
Some of the people that saw this miracle at the graveside believed
that Jesus Christ is the one who sets men free from the bonds of
death, and would one day cause them to rise from their graves as well.
All of us who believe have this same assurance. Our bodies, which
are sown into the ground like a seed, will someday spring forth from
the ground with new life. When Jesus returns, our bodies will be
renewed so that they will be imperishable.