Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“After (Martha) had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, ‘The Master is come, and calleth for thee.’ And when (Mary) heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him. When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there. When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.’”
John 11: 28-32
“Regardless of the intensity of our storm, we are safest in the middle of the storm with Christ than any other place without Him.”
Thoughts for Consideration:
When the Master calls for me, will I be ready to run to Him and bow at His feet?
“The presence of Jesus puts life in perspective.”
“He is always near you and with you; leave Him not alone.”
Just think how you would have felt if you were Martha and after speaking with Jesus you were able to run quickly to your grieving sister with the grand news, ”The Master is come!” Those who had joined Mary in the family home to weep watched the interaction between the sisters and came up with the idea that Mary’s hasty departure meant she was going to the grave of her brother to weep. We are told in Scripture, however that Mary’s destination was at the feet of her Master. As J.R. Macduff so lovingly points out, Mary is “not away to the victim of death, but to the Lord of Life.”
In my study on this particular passage in Scripture, I came upon the sermon notes from a message delivered by one of my favorite old-time pastors, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In his eloquent style, he begins with the words of Scripture: “The Master.” He then continues by stating that the word, “Master” has a sweet ring. (Jesus) is the Master. He that is come is earth’s Master.”
However, it is the way Pastor Spurgeon personalizes the “Master’s” approach to the grieving Mary which should touch your heart and mine today: “What are your cares? (The Master) can relieve them. What are your troubles? (The Master) can overcome them, and sweep them out of the way. The Master has come. “Cast thy burden on the Lord: He will sustain thee’…The Master has come. Oh! lift thy head, thou daughter of Zion, for thy bands are broken. ‘The Master Is Come’ – does that not touch your soul? Whose Master is He but your own? And what a Master!...such a Master that His absolute sovereignty inspires you with sweetest confidence; for He binds you with the bonds of love…Master indeed is He!...How sweetly doth ‘my Master’ sound! ‘My Master.’ Why, if nothing else might move us to get up and run to meet Him, it should be the sound of that blessed word, “‘The Master is here. the Master is come!’”
In my imagination, I can picture Mary, the quiet and shall we ever say, shy sister, taking off – running out of a room filled with sobbing voices. And the only question on the mourner’s lips is, “Where is she going?” Mary had only one thing on her agenda once she found out that her “Master” had arrived and He was asking to see her. Forget her reticent nature. Forget the fact that she might not be acting the way others thought she should. For when the “Master” of her life called her name, Mary didn’t let anything hold her back. I can really relate to the words J. R. Macduff chooses to describe this scene: “Mary’s procedure is a true type and picture of what the broken heart of the Christian feels. Not undervaluing human sympathy, yet, nevertheless, all the crowd of sympathizing friends; Jewish citizens; Bethany villagers – are nothing to her when she hears her Lord and Master has come!”
If you have found that the affliction you face, the pain you endure and the grief that grips your heart has in many ways locked you in a lonely place, where even the love of those you hold dear may not seem to reach, don’t forget, “The Master is come, and calleth for Thee!” As Pastor Macduff reminds us, “Yes! Thou poor weeping, disconsolate one, ‘the Master calleth for thee.’ Thee individually, as if thou stoodest the alone sufferer in a vast world. He wishes to pour His oil into thy wounded heart – to give thee some overwhelming proof and pledge of the love He bears thee in this thy sore trial. He has come to pour drops of comfort in the bitter cup – to ease thee of thy heavy burden. Go and learn what a kind, and gentle and gracious Master He is!” Go forth, Mary. Go forth, (your name), and meet your love-filled Master.
In the words of Charles Wesley, “Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high: Hide me, O my Savior hide. Till the storm of life is past! Safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last!”
During the 1800’s, many beautiful Christian hymns were written including the treasure, “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee.” The text was penned by William Gladden and this song’s last verse encourages every person whom “The Master” calls today.
“In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way;
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With Thee, O Master, let me live.”
“I heard the voice of Jesus say,
‘Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one,
Lay down thy head upon My breast.
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting place,
and He has made me glad.”
“The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came unto Him” (John 11: 28-29). (K.J.V.)
“I will arise and go to Jesus.
He will embrace me in His arms,
In the arms of my dear Savior,
Oh, there are ten thousand charms.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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