Jesus wants to be Friend to good people and bad, stranger and disciple. While Jesus walked them He met three best friends beside His disciples. They were sisters, Martha and Mary, and their brother, Lazarus. They opened their home to Jesus. They asked Him to make it His own. As Jesus traveled, He often stayed with Martha, Mary and Lazarus. It was a good place to rest and get away from all the crowds.
During one of His visits, Martha learned a very important lesson. Jesus was relaxing in the main room. He was talking to Mary. Her sister Martha was very excited that Jesus was visiting them. She wanted everything to be just right. She busied herself cooking and cleaning.
“I want this to be a perfect evening,” she told herself. There was only one problem. Martha could not possibly do all the work by herself.
She rushed about, gathering herbs and vegetables from the garden, cleaning and cooking.
When Martha looked over from the kitchen, she noticed her sister Mary doing nothing at all. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to all that He said. “Why, she’s not even helping a little,”Martha thought. “And there’s still so much to do!”
Just then, Jesus looked up at Martha. He rose and crossed the room. “Lord,” she said, “don’t You care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Please tell her to help me.”
But Jesus answered, “Martha,Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things. Only a few things are worth it. Really only one. Mary wants to hear what I teach. That’s a good thing and shouldn’t betaken away from her. Why don’t you do the same?”
Martha looked at Him. All of a sudden, she relaxed. She felt the tight muscles untie their knots. Her face even showed a smile in place of the frowns she had worn all morning. She nodded and followed Jesus back into the room. There she settled onto the floor, next to her sister. Together they listened to the words of Jesus.
From then on, Martha made sure she never made working for Jesus more important than getting to know Him better. It is a lesson all followers of Jesus should remember.
Many people wondered, “Who is Jesus? Where did He come from?”They kept asking the same questions over and over again. Jesus knew this and gave them His answer.
“I am the Good Shepherd.” Then He painted a word picture for them.