Gracefully Truthful

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John 11:17-27

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

The Original Intent

1) What do we learn about Martha from her comments in verses 21-22?

Martha knew Jesus could heal her brother from his illness, so she definitely believed in Jesus’ power. Her faith went a step further than just believing the reports she had heard about Jesus.

When she said she knew God would give Jesus whatever He asked, she showed that she believed Jesus was who He said He was—the Son of God.

The Everyday Application

1) What do we learn about Martha from her comments in verses 21-22?

I love this example of faith from a godly woman. Martha, even in her grief, shows her great faith in Jesus.

Even if Lazarus had not been raised from the dead, Martha’s faith in the resurrection would have sustained her.

Women, let’s follow this example of hope, even when we grieve!

The Original Intent

2) What does Martha’s comment in verse 24 indicate?

Again, Martha shows her faith in Jesus, believing that her brother will one day rise from the dead.

She also shows that she has been a good student of Jesus’ teachings; she has listened to what He has taught about what will happen to believers in the last day, and she is confident that her brother will be resurrected.

The Everyday Application

2) What does Martha’s comment in verse 24 indicate?

Martha’s faith was based on Jesus’ teachings. She knew what He had taught concerning the resurrection, and her understanding fueled her faith, even in hard times.

Do you have enough knowledge of the teachings of Scripture to fuel your faith through times of grief or uncertainty? Let’s study and know our Bibles, so we can stand firm in hope when times of trial come!

The Original Intent

3) What does Jesus mean by life and death in verses 25-26?

Jesus is talking about both spiritual life and death and physical life and death. A believer in Christ may pass away physically, but his spirit will live on for eternity in heaven—it will never die. This is the hope of salvation that gave hope to Martha concerning her brother, Lazarus, and gives hope to believers today.

The Everyday Application

3) What does Jesus mean by life and death in verses 25-26?

Praise you, Father, for making a way for us to live eternally with you! Thank you, Jesus, for willingly giving Your life to pay for my sins and satisfy the wrath of God against me. Help me to hope in this resurrection and to tell others of the hope that I have!

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