Outline: This is the second sermon in the series “Encounters With Jesus”, based on a book of the same title by Tim Keller. The particular encounter with Jesus concerns the grieving sisters Mary and Martha, following the death of their brother Lazarus.
Both come to Jesus with the same ‘what if’ question – “Jesus if you had been there my brother would not have died?” Yet Jesus’ individual response to the two sisters is very different and gives us an insight to who he really is as the Divine Son of God who has come clothed in human flesh, the perfect God-Man.
To Martha he gives a ‘ministry of truth’ – big truths about God to encourage faith and build a hope for the future…..I am the resurrection and the life!
To Mary he gives a ‘ministry of tears’ - the humanity of Jesus showing through as he gets alongside Mary in her grieve and weeps with her.
Finally we look at the connection between the resurrection of Jesus and the new life (new birth) promised to all who believe in him (1 Peter 1:3-4).