John 11:21-26, 43-44 – To whom much is given…

John 11:21-26, 43-44
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

-The Bible teaches that to whom much is given, much shall be required (Luke 12:48).  One way of looking at that would be the idea that the Lord will entrust us with something precious and our responsibility will increase as a result.  While this is true, it’s also important to realize that sometimes what is required comes before what is given.  Consider the case of Mary and Martha in scripture; they received one of the greatest blessings imaginable- to watch Jesus Christ Himself raise their dead brother from the grave.  Consider how marvelous it would have been to watch Jesus exercise His divine authority over death itself.  But before they could be given this, it was first required that they watch their brother fall sick and eventually pass away.  If tragedy strikes in your life, remember that God’s plan for you is one of good and not evil. (Jeremiah 29:11) “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

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