27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Martha, the bereaved sister of Lazarus, spoke those words to the Lord Jesus. Though word was sent to Jesus about Lazarus’ sickness, He arrived only four days after Lazarus’ death and burial. When the Lord arrived at their home in Bethany, Martha expressed profound faith in Him. She expressed neither bitterness nor sadness that Jesus did not prevent her brother’s death. She only affirmed her faith in the Lord Jesus, saying, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee” (John 11:21-22). Yet it is apparent that she did not perceive that Jesus had come to raise her brother, despite Jesus saying unto her: “Thy brother shall rise again” (v. 23). She could only respond, saying, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (v. 24). Martha could not see that Jesus had come to raise her brother from the grave. Oh, how we need to pray that the Spirit of God will illumine our minds to perceive His assurances in His Word for our daily needs and troubles!
Jesus then affirmed His power to bring the dead to life, and also His power to give eternal life to everyone who believes in Him. He said, “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?” (vv. 25-26). It is in response to this assertion of Christ that Martha said, “Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (v. 27). Martha fully concurred with what Christ has said of His power to give life to the dead, whether physical or spiritual.
Martha also readily and resolutely confessed that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” She accepted Jesus as God’s Messiah whom He has promised in the Old Testament Scriptures. Martha’s confident persuasion concerning who Jesus is led her to such solemn confession of Him as the Son of God. Will you not, like Martha, also make your own bold confession of faith in Christ? If you steadfastly believe in Christ, you will be able to grow in your understanding and knowledge of His person and power more and more. As you pursue Christ by faith and confess your allegiance to Him, you would find yourself, like Martha, being led to know His greatness more and more.