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Martha and Mary could not confine themselves in the disbelief any longer, after seeing their brother Lazarus who returned to life. The weeping of the Jews ended at that very moment. The mind of everyone who was there was changed by the faith of Jesus Christ, namely the work of life. Our beloved Jesus Christ saved Lazarus from the tomb, and drove out disbelief of everyone who was there. Finally He planted the faith in God into their mind. Today Jesus Christ wants to perform the same work in our mind. He is knocking the door of our heart, telling us to take away the stone blocking our heart. Ock Soo Park, Pastor

IF THE LORD HAD BEEN HERE

In John, chapter 11:25-26, Jesus said to Martha, "...I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" The Lord headed toward the tomb of Lazarus to bring him back to life. The tomb was in the town Bethany of Judea. Martha went out to meet Jesus when Jesus was coming near to Bethany. In the place where Jesus Christ was received by Martha, He spoke to her. After then, Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus that was a cave in Bethany. And He ordered to move away the stone laid across the entrance of the cave. Jesus had to go through the many processes one by one before He brought Lazarus back to life. Likewise, whether it is the stone door or the long distance, every obstacle that blocks us from Jesus Christ has to be overcome. Including not only the stone door, but the long distance that is the material obstacles in time and space, the Bible tells us that there are also the obstacles in our hearts barring the work of Jesus Christ. That is to say, the hearts of the people which is fully occupied with the disbelief obstruct the heart of Christ which is fully occupied with the faith to bring Lazarus back to life. Therefore, just like opening and entering through the door step by step, Jesus had to solve the confronting problems one by one to bring Lazarus back to life. The very first thing that He had to face was the disbelief of Martha.

Martha's first word to Jesus when she met Him was, "If You had been here, my brother would not have died." Martha had seen several times before that Jesus had healed the many sicknesses. Accordingly, she believed that her brother would not have died, if Jesus had come to see him while he was sick. Of course, Martha believed that Jesus Christ was competent to heal the sickness of Lazarus. And yet it didn't mean that the faith of Martha was complete. Martha believed only that Jesus could heal the sickness, but she did not believe that Jesus could bring stinking Lazarus back to life who had been dead four days. That was the distrust that exactly Jesus wanted to change in the heart of Martha. Jesus had the faith that God would bring dead Lazarus back to life. However, He was disturbed because of the disbelief of Martha. Thereupon, Jesus said to Martha, "Your brother shall rise again." Martha heard what Jesus said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." though she did not have faith that Jesus could bring Lazarus back to life.


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