April 3, 2021

by: Susan Lovelady

Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

 Stuck between the pain of Good Friday and the promise of Easter, we have what some have called, “Silent Saturday.”  This “in between time” where we know the agony and sacrifice of what our Lord and Savor went through for us, but yet not able to celebrate the glory of the resurrection, not just yet.  So we wait.  For us, we know the end of the story, but I can’t imagine what the disciples and others were going through… fear of being captured and punished as followers of Jesus, or more so, the fear of perhaps the thought that Jesus wasn’t their Messiah after all.  The waiting… the not knowing…the invitation to trust and have faith in Jesus words, “I am the resurrection and the life”.    We have all been in this “in between” time.  And I think we need to ask ourselves the same question Jesus asked Martha, “Do you believe this?”.  

 I personally am drawn to the character of Martha because she loved “action”, she wasn’t one to sit still.  This got her into trouble at times, I am sure.  A balance of knowing when to “do” and “be still” can be a challenge.  But in this story in John 11, Martha’s character not only gave her this confident approach to ask the direct and very human questions to Jesus (in this case with respect to the death of her brother Lazarus  “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died…”) but at the same time also revealed her unwavering trust in her Lord and her faith in the resurrection, when she answered Jesus’ question; “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

 I don’t know what Martha was feeling on this “Silent Saturday” but I can imagine her faith overcame any fears she might have had about the unknown ahead (while I am sure keeping herself very busy and preoccupied – staying true to her character).  And as we go through our own “in-between” times, and perhaps when we sometimes get “stuck”, I am comforted to know we can look to these words of scripture and to this confidence.  The confidence in knowing that Yes! Jesus is indeed our Messiah, and is the resurrection and the life, now and eternally.   

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