And His Friends At Bethany
loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. John 11:5
was one home that He loved to visit—the home of Lazarus, and Mary, and
Martha; for in the atmosphere of faith and love His spirit had rest.
Among the most steadfast of Christ’s disciples was Lazarus of Bethany.
From their first meeting his faith in Christ had been strong; his love for
Him was deep, and he was greatly beloved by the Saviour. It was for Lazarus
that the greatest of Christ’s miracles was performed. The Saviour blessed
all who sought His help; He loves all the human family; but to some He is
bound by peculiarly tender associations. His heart was knit by a strong bond
of affection to the family at Bethany, and for one of them His most wonderful
work was wrought.
At the home of Lazarus, Jesus had often found rest. The Saviour had no home
of His own; He was dependent on the hospitality of His friends and disciples;
and often, when weary, thirsting for human fellowship, He had been glad to
escape to this peaceful household, away from the suspicion and jealousy of
the angry Pharisees. Here He found a sincere welcome, a pure, holy friendship.
Here He could speak with simplicity and perfect freedom, knowing that His
words would be understood and treasured.
Our Saviour appreciated a quiet home and interested listeners. He longed for
human tenderness, courtesy, and affection. Those who received the heavenly
instruction He was always ready to impart were greatly blessed.... The multitudes
were slow of hearing, and in the home at Bethany Christ found rest from the
weary conflict of public life. Here He opened to an appreciative audience
the volume of Providence. In these private interviews He unfolded to His hearers
that which He did not attempt to tell to the mixed multitude. He needed not
to speak to His friends in parables.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 52.