The words Jesus spoke to Martha on the road outside Bethany were audacious and revolutionary. They called her to a radical trust in a unique person. Examining what Jesus said that day forces us to examine the overall biblical framework of the verb commonly translated “to believe”, in gradations of meaning ranging from simple acceptance of a statement to total trust. Thereby, these words of Jesus call us today to a radical trust and obedience, and address each of us anew: Do you believe this?
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