Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Martha says to Jesus: “If you had been here my brother would not have died.”
Martha is deep into Jesus.
Being deep into him – sunk into him – she’s grasped his identity.
She knows that Jesus could have – would have – prevented her brother’s death if he’d been there.
Lazarus is dead because Jesus wasn’t there. Jesus was absent.
Now after he’d received word that Lazarus was ill, Jesus delayed in going to Lazarus, deliberately it seems.
Jesus is using the physical event of Lazarus’ death to teach Martha and Mary – and us – about the bigger life and death, about eternal life and eternal death, Heaven and hell!
Here’s the teaching: When death arrives, if Jesus is absent, we remain dead. Full stop! 🛑
We become the weeds that are thrown on the fire rather than the wheat that is gathered into the barn.
Do you get it?
It’s Jesus presence that transforms death and it’s personal presence, it is intimate presence. It is Jesus presence inside us… in our souls.
We need to be into him and he needs to be into us – just like Martha – if we are to live again… rise…
Take a little time to read and re-read, to ponder Jesus teaching and notice how personal it is…
“I am the resurrection and the life.
If anyone believes in me,
even though he dies he will live,
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
“I am the resurrection” (note the ‘I’) and “whoever lives and believes in me (note ‘lives… in me’) will never die.”