John 11.38-40 cont.
38 Then again Jesus being deeply moved within Himself, came to the tomb, which was a cave, and a stone was laying on it.
39 Jesus said: “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the one who had died, said to Him: “Lord, he will stink for he has already been dead for four days.”
40 Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you should believe you will see the glory of God?”
It is good for us to be reminded of certain things. Perhaps there would be less marital infidelity if people reminded themselves of their wedding vows and their promise to remain faithful to their spouse.
It is good for us to be reminded that not only is an offence to consume alcohol just before driving, it can be fatally dangerous.
It is to our advantage to be reminded of the things that Jesus has said to us so that our faith can be built up on the foundation of the truth of His word.
Jesus got Martha to think back to what He had said earlier. This was to the messengers who would have gone back to Mary and Martha telling them that Lazarus would not die, but that the illness was for the glory of God (Verse 4).
When Jesus arrived He said to Martha: “And everyone who lives and believes in Me shall by no means ever die. Do you believe this?”
As Jesus stood at the tomb He reminds Martha about this, and by so doing He was inviting her to re-invest her faith in Him as the resurrection and the life.
Israel is told to remember what God has done for them: Think of the wonderful works He has done, the miracles and the judgments He handed down – Psalm 105 (NLT).
It is good for us to have the Holy Spirit prompt us to look back and see what God has done for us. We may recall times when He has delivered us from seemingly impossible situations, or has opened doors for us that appeared to be shut firmly in our face.
Our God is a God of the miraculous, He is just and righteous in all His ways. Let us remind ourselves of the countless blessings He has showered upon us.
Every time we break bread we remember what God has done for us though Jesus, that He laid down His life so that we might enjoy His resurrected life.