Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” John 11:17-27.
Martha had faith enough to believe that Jesus could have healed her brother. But when Jesus tells her that Lazarus will rise again, she responds with the equivalent of, “yeah, someday.” But Jesus tells her, “I am the resurrection and the life.” This is another “I am” statement from Jesus. Jesus is the eternal God. He always was, and always will be.
Jesus talks her off the ledge of unbelief and asks her if she believes. She renews her faith in Him, and now He is ready to pray.
If we only believe that Jesus was and someday will be, we will miss who He is now. If we hold fast to our modern ideas that miracles and healing have past away, we will be like the disobedient Hebrews who forgot that they had just seen the hand of God deliver them. “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” (Psalm 78:41).
Even though I believe those things are for today, I know that too many of His miracles in my own life are something that “used to be.” I must continually renew my own faith, because the gravitational pull of unbelief is a constant that never rests.