John 11:28-32

28When she had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”

 29And when she heard it, she got up quickly and was coming to Him.

 30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him.

 31Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

 32Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Christ tarried two days because He knew the future and wanted to glorify God. This was His divinity. But He wept when He saw His friends’ sorrow. This was His humanity.

secretly (v. 28) because the Jews wanted to kill Christ and Martha didn’t want word to get out that He was near. But Christ’s last great miracle was to have a lot of witnesses.

weep (v. 31) = loud lamenting

my brother would not have died (v. 32) — Mary knew none could die in His presence.

The blending of Christ’s Divine glories and human perfections meet us at every turn in this fourth Gospel. If John is the only one of the four Evangelists who enters into the pre-incarnate dignities of Christ, showing Him to us as the One who subsisted in the beginning, both being with God, and God Himself: the Creator of all things; if John is the only one who contemplates Him as the great “I am,” equal with the Father; he also brings before us details concerning His humanity which are not to be met with in the Synoptists. John is the only one who tells us of Christ being, wearied with His journey” (4:6), groaning as He beheld the tears of His own, and thirsting as He hung upon the Cross. Christ became Man in the fullest sense of the word, and nowhere do we behold His human sympathies and perfections more blessedly displayed than in this very Gospel which portrays Him as God manifest in the flesh. — Pink, page 192


It is beautiful to observe that each time the New Testament presents Mary to us, she is seen “at the feet of Jesus” — expressive of her worshipful spirit. But there is no mere repetition. In Luke 10, at Christ’s feet she owned Him as Prophet, hearing His word (v. 39). Here in John 11 she approaches Christ as Priest — that great High Priest that can be “touched with the feeling of our infirmities,” who shares our sorrows and ministers grace in every time of need. In John 12:3 Mary, at His feet acknowledged Him as “King” —  this will appear if we compare Matthew 26:7, from which we learn that she also anointed “the head” of the rejected King of the Jews! — Pink, page 197

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