Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Needful Example of Mary's Disposition

In his sermon "Lazarus is Dead" on 02/19/17, Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick of Arann Reformed Baptist Church looks at John 11:11-20.  He makes the following observation about Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus:

"Mary's act of disposition was to be a meditative, quiet person.  That is just as active as the other [Martha]; it actually takes a very strong spirit to be at rest.  In fact, sometimes it is a sign of weakness when we have to be on the go all the time--that can actually be a weakness of character.  That's the way children are.  They have to be moving; they have to be active; they have to be filling their time with activity.  It takes maturity to bring us to a point where we can actually sit and rest, just be still...But Mary is not passive.  The moment she hears that the Lord wants to see her, she immediately leaves everything and goes to Him.  Is that what we are like?  In a moment's notice, when the Lord calls us to be with Him, we desire fellowship with Him...[in] Luke 10:38-42, Mary has chosen the one thing needful, to sit quietly at the feet of Christ, to hear the Word of Christ...The whole point of this chapter [John 11] is to see the glory of Jesus Christ.  To come face to face with the majesty of the Son of God...The only means by which we can see the majesty of Christ this day is by faith, not with our physical eyes...but we behold Him in His Word, trusting Him...believing that He is the Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."

"Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house...she [Martha] went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying,The Master is come, and calleth for thee.  As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him." (John 11:20, 28b-29).