Do You Believe This
Originally scheduled for December 11
startling passage, Jesus makes two extremely significant claims.
He claims to be “the resurrection.” He is the source of the dead
rising from the grave. Considering that his crucifixion is still
some time ahead, and he has yet to raise Lazarus from the grave, it
seems extreme. But note that it did not seem extreme to those who
He claims to be “the life.” The word in the Greek for life is the
one from which we get our word “zoo.” He is the source of biological
life. He is therefore in control of the one thing no other human can
control — life and death.
Then he tells
his listener that if she believes this, she will have eternal life.
She replies that she knows that he is the Christ.
interesting about this is the person to whom Christ revealed this
first. This is Martha, of “Mary and Martha” fame. You remember the
incident; Martha came out to complain to Jesus that her sister
wasn’t carrying her share of the housework. Jesus sent her back to
the kitchen, telling her that Mary was doing something better. So we
see that Martha is not someone particularly blessed with “religious
Is she a
great philosopher? No. Is she a great theologian? No. Is she a great
evangelist? No. Is she a great teacher? No. Are all these things the
wrong questions? Yes. Christ chose to reveal this explicitly to
someone whom the world would view as just another housewife. It’s
his way of saying it’s for everyone. All he asks of her is that she
believe. It’s not about Martha’s ability, it’s about what she
somewhat of a reminder of this to us. As Martha was not one of the
“great people,” but rather ordinary, communion reveals Christ to the
ordinary human being as well as the great ones. It is a picture for
us. The bread represents his body; the cup, his blood. In these we
see his sacrifice on the cross. From the cross he went to his death
and then to the burial. As he laid down his life voluntarily for us,
he picked it up again and walked out of the grave. He is the
believe this, then communion was given for you. You should partake
in a solemn and worthy manner, knowing that what you are touching is
beyond your comprehension. But know also that Christ gave this to
you. No matter how humble or great you are, he prepared this meal
for those who believe. We celebrate not your greatness or your
humility, but His greatness displayed in humility.