The Master has come and calls for you.
As soon as she heard Martha’s words she hastily went to Jesus.
Johnny and his friend were playing outside at supper time. His mother called him to dinner but he ignored her. His friend said to him, “Johnny your mom is calling for you.” “We can play some more,” responded Johnny. A second time Johnnie’s mom called and again he ignored her. Finally his mother shouted for him to come and Johnny responded, “She means it now, I better get home.”
Perhaps, many of us (when children) acted in a similar fashion when our own mother called. We ignored her until she started shouting and only then did we respond.
Mary and Martha had just buried their brother a few days earlier. Martha had run to meet Jesus when she heard that he was coming to them. She received words of comfort and encouragement from the Master. Then Jesus asked her to go and find Mary and have her come to Him as well.
Our text records Martha’s words to Mary—who had stayed at home for some reason. Whatever the reason for Mary delaying coming to Jesus, she made a speedy trip to where He was when she received His invitation to come.
Many times I have repeated Martha’s words to Mary when in a situation of sorrow and loss. Again and again in the Gospels we can read of Jesus going to people in pain. We read His gentle words of comfort and see how helpful He was to the ones who were suffering.
If this past year has brought sorrow through the departure of a loved one, the words of Jesus are especially appropriate for you. May you hear His gentle and tender invitation to come to Him and may you come today.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk, till traveling days are done.
Horatius Bonar (1846)