A post from several years ago about always being welcomed in Christ.
17Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” 28When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus wept. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” John 11:17-37
This passage reminds me of junior high, especially junior high romance. Seriously it does. Imagine this following scene with me. You are in 8th grade and a big dance is coming up in a couple of weeks, lets say it is a Sadie Hawkins dance. You are at lunch and are sitting around a table with your closest friends. You see the cutest boy walk into the lunch room. You really want to ask him to the dance, but you are too scared, so you send your best friend over to find out if he likes you. Your friend returns and says he is asking for you to come over. Guys, imagine the same scene but with the hottest girl in school. How are you going to feel when that totally cute boy or girl tells your friend they are interested and want you to come over? Are you not going to feel on top of the world?
I think that is how Mary had to be feeling when Martha returns and tells her that Jesus was asking for her. She had to be ecstatic. I wander, though, if that was all she was feeling. Let’s revisit that junior high scenario. This time imagine a similar incidence happening while in college or as a single young professional. Would there be any feelings of embarrassment or shame when we find out the person is interested? I know I would have them. I would be kicking myself for not going to talk to her myself.
I cannot help but think that Mary had similar thoughts going through her head. I am sure she felt some shame in waiting for Jesus to come to her, instead of going to Him. I wander if her head was down as she went to Him. If it was, I am positive that she felt uplifted when she saw Him and looked into His eyes.
Today I hope you are not sitting around waiting to gaze upon His face. No, instead I hope you are running to Him, after all He is asking for you!!!