The last in a short series on John chapter 11.
Because we know that Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, it can be easy to miss the amount of suffering he and his family endured. Whatever Lazarus’s illness was, it was debilitating enough that he could not journey to see Jesus in person for healing. It was also serious enough that they sent word to bring Jesus to heal him before he died.
Continuing with the short series in John 11.
Mary and Martha believed that Jesus was capable of healing their sick brother Lazarus, so they sent word to Jesus to let Him know about Lazarus’s condition. After Lazarus died and Jesus finally arrived, Martha went out to meet him.
“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” – John 19:25-27
I wrote about this scene in scripture as part of yesterday’s devotion, but I wanted to take a moment to point out the compassion of Christ that is on display in a separate (and shorter) piece.
In this devotional we continue looking at Mary’s faith throughout Jesus’s public ministry. To read about her faith from the time of hearing that she would be Jesus’s mother throughout Jesus’s time growing up, click here.
After the story of Jesus at the temple as a boy, the next place we find Mary is at the wedding where Jesus turned water into wine.
“I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.” – Luke 1:38
Luke 1:26-38 is the story of the angel Gabriel telling Mary that she will be the one to give birth to the long-awaited messiah. It is incredible and joyous news to Mary–as seen by her song in verses 46-55–but it is not without cost.
“For no word from God will ever fail.” – Luke 1:37
The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:31-33)
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” – Luke 1:1-4
Luke took on the role of an investigative journalist. He looked into “everything from the beginning” and spoke with “eyewitnesses” so that he could lay down “an orderly account” for Theophilus and in turn us. That he and now we could “know the certainty of the things [we] have been taught.”