Look again at Martha’s words: “Lord, if only, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask” (John 11: 21–22 NLT). Something moved Martha from complaint to confession. And Jesus responded with a death-defying promise: “Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying…Do you believe this?’” (v. 25).
Martha has had plenty of time to give up on Jesus. Yet now He asks, “Martha, do you believe that I am Lord of all, even of the cemetery?” Martha wasn’t ready to say Jesus could raise the dead. Even so, she gave him a triple tribute: she called him the “the Messiah,” “the Son of God,” and “the one who has come into the world” (John 11:27). She mustered a mustard-seed confession, and that was enough for Jesus. Remember, my friend, you are never alone.