July 9, 2020 Martha vs. Mary (again) - Jenine Anderson

"When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 'Lord,' Martha said to Jesus, 'If you had been here, my brother would not have died.'" 

- John 11:20-21 (emphasis added)

"When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.'”

- John 11:32 (emphasis added)


Poor Martha and Mary are compared again in John chapter 11. Mary and Martha were both mourning the death of their brother Lazarus. When Jesus finally gets into town, Martha goes out to meet Him. I can imagine her upset and wagging her finger at Him in an almost accusatory way – “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Martha goes back to tell Mary that Jesus had arrived, and Mary falls at His feet and says the *exact same words* as her sister. But instead of being mad that Jesus was too late, Mary’s posture is the complete opposite of her sister’s.

What is your posture when you bring your troubles to the Lord? Do you unload on Him, or do you throw yourself at His feet and let Him know what’s in your heart? Good news! Our God is big enough to handle our tantrums and mend our broken hearts, and He meets us where we are and with what we need.

With Martha, Jesus helped her understand that He was the Messiah and could raise Lazarus, even after he had been dead 4 days. With Mary, He wept with her in her sorrow, even though He knew Lazarus wouldn’t stay dead.

He meets us where we are and meets our needs. The outcome was the same for both sisters. Their brother was raised from the dead. Their posture didn’t matter. What mattered was that they both went to the Lord with their troubles.

Note from Jenine: *RightNow Media has a really good series call “What the Women Saw” about the women in the Bible.  My devotional was based off of session 2 (  There is a link to download RightNow Media for FREE at!

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