Martha therefore said unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. John 11:21
therefore, when she (Mary) came where Jesus was, and saw him, fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. John 11:32
When I planned to write a book about Mary of Bethany as a harlot, people didn’t want to remember her that way.
I recently read a book that painted Mary as an innocent young girl, and it offended me. Did the author imply, "only good people may come?" Or had she not done her homework?
Mary gives a strong lesson to Christians
Jesus loved the new creation. The old creation has died. Should we keep visiting the closed grave?
Salvation ranks as the number one miracle: the only miracle that changes our eternal destiny.
Jesus didn’t hide his new creation. He loved this “sinner” enough to visit her home and let her sit at his feet. He asked for her when she didn't come to greet him after Lazarus died. She had a special spiritual sensitivity. Of his followers, he chose her to prophesy his death. She anointed his head and feet for burial in a room of angry men.
Mary and Martha approached Jesus in different ways. When Jesus came after Lazarus died, Martha spoke to him almost as an equal. She loved and respected Jesus, but Mary felt unworthy. She dropped to her knees. In their meetings she always knelt. Mary and Martha said the same words. But one came as an equal. The other came as unworthy.
I envy people who served God from childhood, never wavering. I envy them for the guilt they don’t fight--the regret they don‘t carry. These are the steadfast sons.
Prodigals stumbled, made bad decisions, and came to the Lord as blank slates. He called some of us in middle age, weighted with bad habits. The steadfast sons look at us thinking “Why isn’t she better?” I study myself thirty years later and think, “I falter every day, but thank the Lord I’m not who I was.” We are the prodigals.
Are you a steadfast son or a prodigal?
Artist unknown. Discovered the painting on a site in a foreign language.