John 11.26-27 cont.
26 And everyone who lives and believes in Me shall by no means ever die. Do you believe this?
27 She says to Him; “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, the One coming into the world.”
Martha is quite definite in her reply to Jesus. She did not ask to have more time to sort out her thoughts, because she already knew what she thought about Him.
We can assume that her opinion of Jesus would have been gathered through her experience of Him. It is likely that Jesus, along with His disciples, spent time with this family, most likely as guests in their home. Her knowledge of Jesus was first hand.
She did not have the advantage of reading about Jesus, since no books had been written about Him. In these days there are a multitude of books that have been and are being written about Jesus. Some of these will be very positive, making the same kind of declaration that Martha made, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the One coming into the world.
Other books are negative and seek to discredit Jesus, making Him out to be a fraud and a trickster.
What do we believe about Jesus?
From where are we gathering our information about Him?
Reading books about Jesus may help us to learn more about Him. Certainly reading the Bible will deepen our understanding of who Jesus is, and we must not neglect reading His word, because through this the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of our souls to see Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
Also we have the same advantage as Martha, in that we can gain our knowledge of Jesus from our personal relationship with Him.
To everyone Jesus makes this statement: Look, I knock as I stand (have stood) at the door. I will come in to eat with whoever hears My voice and opens the door to Me, and he will eat with Me – Revelation 3.20. Jesus wants us to get to know Him, the real Him.
In Isaiah we read: Seek the LORD while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near – Isaiah 55.6 (NLT).
Responding to His invitation is the best way to get to know Him so that we can make the same declaration that Martha made.