Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.  Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,  and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.  So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,  and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
In the novel, the Kite Runner, two childhood friends are divided by one boy’s guilt. His friend was brutally assaulted by other boys. He actually could have done something and he knows that only his selfishness and fear kept him from helping his friend.
When Martha approaches her Lord after her brother has died, she knows that Jesus could have done something. She had pleaded with him to come, but He did not. Martha could have been overcome with bitterness.
In Over the Rhine, our church children experience many things that they do not understand. Why do fathers or mothers leave? Why do beloved uncles and cousins get shot? Why do “good” people go to jail, while “bad” people do whatever they want? We, too, have our questions. We, too, are confused by what the Lord allows in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
Martha has questions, she is heartbroken, but she still believes in Jesus – that He is “the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world” (v. 27). She does not know why Jesus delayed. She does not know that Jesus will resurrect Lazarus in a few moments. But she does know, that Jesus loved Lazarus deeply. And she knows that He loves her (John 11:3, 5).
God may not answer many of our questions in this lifetime, but He does answer the most important question: does Jesus love you? His answer is “Yes.” He loves you enough to give His body and His blood for you.