Hope in the Bible: Mary and Martha Believed Jesus Would Heal Lazarus

Jesus was friends with Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary.  He’d been to their house for supper.

Then Lazarus gets sick and his sisters send a message to Jesus.  They know if Jesus can just arrive on time he will arrive in time.  {John 11:1-16}

But, Jesus tarries and Lazarus dies before he arrives.

When Martha receives word he is on the way, she rushes to meet him. “Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” {John 11:21}

Even now Martha believes and has hope. Although everything seems lost and their brother is dead, she still trust that Jesus will do whatever is asked. She believes Lazarus will rise on the last day. {John 11:24}

Martha tells Jesus she believes he is the Son of God and then goes to her sister. Upon hearing Jesus is on the way, Mary runs to meet him.  “ When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  {John 11:32}

Like her sister, she has hope and believed that Jesus would have kept their brother from dying.

Jesus follows them to the tomb and calls for Lazarus to come forth. “The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”  {John 11:43-44}

The sisters had hope that Jesus would heal their brother, but he went past even their expectations when he raised their brother from the grave.

Is their a lingering desire or need you’re praying for? Nothing is impossible for Jesus. He is our hope.

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