The Testimony of Martha

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 11:21-27

Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. (v. 27)

She was a simple woman, a homebody whose gift was hospitality. Jesus and his disciples
had frequently been served—and served well—by this giving woman. Martha loved
Jesus. He loved her. But crisis had blown a disruptive gale into Martha’s happy family.
Brother Lazarus had fallen gravely ill and within days had died.

It was into that context of death, sorrow, and hopelessness that Jesus stepped. He
always comes to those he loves—and when he comes he brings hope, life, and joy. But
it is never without the call to deeper trust in the Savior.

“Martha, I am the resurrection and the life,” declared Jesus to this grieving woman (v.
25). But he went on to demand from her a commitment of faith: “Martha, do you believe
this?” (v. 26).

Suddenly, through the tears, the fog lifted. The tears of grief miraculously changed
into tears of joy. Martha saw Jesus as something more than just a compassionate friend and
comfortable houseguest. She saw the one standing before her as God—and she said so:
“Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God” (v. 27).

Jesus had stepped into her world and replaced her chaos with eternal hope and
everlasting life. Open your heart to receive Martha’s life-giving Christ.


Lord Jesus, we long for the life only you can give.