‘He who believes in me will live, even though he dies …. Do you believe this?’John 11: 25–26
Where do we turn for help, comfort or guidance? Those struggling with computer problems can look at the manual … but may then need help to understand it. In life’s difficulties we often turn to others for help. When the problems are secular or professional, a non-Christian friend may satisfactorily meet the need. Support from fellow believers, though not inevitably infallible, underlines the invaluable resource of a local church. Our truest guide is the Bible, although it is not to be made subject to our own interpretation (2 Peter 1: 20) or obeyed to the letter without regard for the Spirit. He alone will bring it to life. (2 Corinthians 3: 6) The Jews of Jesus’ day believed the scriptures, but were mostly blind to the fulfilment of prophecy going on before their eyes. Martha, distressed about her brother’s death, and no doubt a little comforted by the sympathy of others, also believed in the general resurrection. Yet Jesus challenged her to go further. He did not ask her to seek the opinion of others, or even to believe a Bible verse. He asked her to trust him. Martha and others, then and since, had to see the person of whom the scriptures speak, and respond to him in person, rather than only in theory. ‘Yes, Lord,’ she told him, ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.’ (John 11: 27) Trusting him with her problem became the answer to it. This principle still applies, not only to our initial salvation, but to all life’s subsequent experiences and problems. What was veiled can become clear as we submit it, in faith, to Jesus.
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