Yesterday, our Midweek Bible class lost another member to relocation. I preached on the Tale of Two Women, Martha and Mary. They chose different ways to relate to Jesus.
Martha chose to confront Jesus about Mary not helping her to serve. Mary was listening to Jesus teach the Word of God. Jesus affirmed that this was needful and Mary had “chosen that good part”. (Luke 10:40-42)
John 11:14, Jesus plainly states to his disciples, “Lazarus is dead.” Four days later when Jesus arrives on the scene, Martha and Mary approach Jesus completely differently.
John 11:20-27, Jesus tells Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the life:” She says she believes Him in verse 27, but does not believe that Jesus can bring Lazarus back to life in verse 39 and Jesus rebukes her in verse 40.
Mary, in verse 29, when she heard Jesus was present went quickly to meet Him. When she saw Him, “…she fell down at His feet…” and she was weeping. (Verses 32, 33) Then Jesus wept. (Verse 35)
Martha was busy with the chores and cares of everyday life. She was hospitable but not well versed in who Jesus was. She lacked faith and reverence for Jesus.
Mary was busy sitting at Jesus feet, learning all she can about Him. She had learned to honor and reverence Jesus. She had a humble spirit.
The question for us is which type of person are we?
Tomorrow, we will look at 5 characteristics that will help us to worship Jesus.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001