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Transformation Garden - May 24, 2021

  • 2021 May 24

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:

“Jesus said to her (Martha), ‘Your brother shall rise again.’ Martha replied, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am (Myself) the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in and relies on Me, although he may die, yet he shall live. And whoever continues to live and believes in and cleaves to Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ She (Martha) said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, I have believed, I do believe, that You are [the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One], the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world, [it is for Your coming that the world has waited.]’” 

John 11: 23-27 

Amplified Bible 


“He saith unto them, ‘But whom say ye that I am?’ And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” 

Matthew 16: 15-16 


Thoughts for Consideration:

What do I think happened in Martha’s life that made it possible for her to recognize that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, the Anointed One?

“The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming,’ (Who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am He, the One who is speaking to you.’” 

John 4: 25 – 26 



“Christ is not only beloved by all believing souls, but is their well-beloved, their best-beloved, their only beloved.” 

Matthew Henry 


Throughout the Bible, there are passages of Scripture which inspire and encourage; exhort and command; comfort and plead. And then there are those passages which instruct us in ways we could never imagine. Such is our study text where Martha’s encounter with Jesus, as well as her subsequent conversation with Him, open up to each one of us the great Gospel story which encompasses the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Messiah and our Savior and Lord.

In poetic words, J.R. Macduff pens the thoughts conveyed in John 11: 21-27: 

“At last the gladsome tidings reach, 

The Lord and Master draweth nigh! 

He comes! He comes! their hearts to heal 

The broken hearts of Bethany.

The stronger-minded sister first 

Rushes outside its groves of palm 

A suppliant at her Master’s feet, 

For, better than all Gilead-balm.

She hears these glorious living words 

That ring out like a silver chime; 

Bright messages of joy and hope 

That echo to the end of time

The ‘Resurrection and the Life’ 

‘He that believes shall never die!’ 

O vanquished death, where now thy sting? 

And where, O grave, thy victory?’” 

Ever since the toxin of sin contaminated Eden’s perfection and the words of eternal hope were spoken: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel,” (Genesis 3: 15) N.I.V. Generation after generation down through the ages had waited and looked for the Messiah. The Old Testament Prophets gave out a clarion call, “The Messiah will appear.” The Redeemer who would save the world’s inhabitants from certain death, would come! As author S.D. Gordon so descriptively writes about Christ’s coming to earth to save “His people from their sins” – “Jesus is the music of God’s heart sounding in man’s ears anew, that he may be wooed back the old road to the Eden life. Jesus is the face of God, close up, looking tenderly, yearningly, into man’s face, that his eye may be caught and held, and his heart enchained…For when (we) turn around enough to get even a glimpse of that God-Face, and a whisper of the God-Voice, we can withstand no longer.” 

In the words of Jesus, “And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all to Myself” (John 12: 32, Amplified Bible). It was this drawing love that had brought the family in Bethany closer and closer to the heart of Jesus, until the day came, when with clear eyes and open ears, they were able to bear witness to the fact that indeed, the Messiah is here and lives among us. What a joyful testimony to the faith of Martha that even in the midst of sorrow and grief, through eyes awashed in tears, she could affirm and proclaim, “You are the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of God.” 

May our prayer today be that of Bonaventure as we gaze into the face of our Messiah: “May my heart always hunger and feed upon You, so that my soul may be filled with the sweetness of Your presence…May I always seek and find You, think upon You, speak to You, and do all things for the honor and glory of Your holy name.”


The Name of Jesus

“How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds 

In a believer’s ear! 

It soothes (her) sorrows, heals (her) wounds, 

And drives away (her) fear!

It makes the wounded spirit whole 

And calms the troubled breast; 

‘Tis manna to the hungry soul, 

and to the weary, rest.

Dear Name! the rock of which I build, 

My shield and hiding place, 

My never-failing treasury, filled 

With boundless stores of grace,

By Thee my prayer acceptance gain, 

Although with sin defiled; 

Satan accuses me in vain, 

And I am owned a Child.

Weak is the effort of my heart, 

And cold my warmest thought; 

But, when I see Thee as Thou art, 

I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

‘Til then, I would Thy love proclaim 

With every fleeting breath; 

And may the music of Thy Name 

Refresh my soul in death!” 

John Newton 


These (words) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” 

John 20: 31 


Your friend,

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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