Master Is Come, and Calls For You
An excerpt from a teaching given in 1984
“Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming,
went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said
Martha to Jesus, Lord, if You had been here, my brother had
not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever You will ask
of God, God will give it you.
“Jesus says to her, Your brother shall rise again.
Martha says to Him, I know that he shall rise again in the
resurrection at the last day.
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the
life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall
he live: And whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never
die. Believe you this? She said to Him, Yea, Lord: I believe
that You are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come
into the world.
“And when she had so said, she went her way, and called
Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and
calls for you.
“As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and
came to Him.” John 11:20-29
The most important thing in our lives should be our relationship
to Jesus. If asked, “Do you know Jesus as a living reality?,”
or, “Is Jesus a person that is closer to you than any
person in heaven or on earth?,” some will say, “Oh
yes, I know Jesus, as He saved me.” Others will say,
“Yes, He healed me, I know Him.”
Jesus will save, and He will heal, but we are called to personally,
intimately, “know” the One that made us whole.
A young lady in a Kansas City hospital had a clubfoot. Her
parents did not have the money to have her foot operated on,
but the surgeon said, “I am willing to do this operation,
so she will be able to walk again.” He did, and it was
successful. When the time came for her to go home, everyone
was saying how wonderful it was that she could walk again.
“Yes,” she said, “But before I leave this
hospital, I must see the man that made me whole. I can go
home and talk about the doctor who operated on my foot, but
I want to personally ‘know’ the man that made
So also, the deepest desire in the heart of Jesus is to personally
know the person that He has made whole. He longs for us to
seek to have an intimate, personal relationship with Him.
The apostle Paul, after being apprehended by the Lord, said,
“I long to know Christ.” Philippians 3:10a Williams
Each one of us should consider, “Am I enjoying the
privileges of the fact that not only am I saved, but that
I can intimately know the One who saved me? Am I really “in
Christ?” We can say all the right words, and quote the
right Scriptures, and never enter into the personal relationship
with Jesus that He desires us to enjoy.
Are you aware that there is “something more”
in God for you? There is a multitude, which no man can number,
who will be just inside the gate of heaven, whose reward is
a palm branch that they will wave throughout eternity, thanking
the Lord that they are saved - but, there is so much more.
“The Master is come and calls for you.” This
call was to Mary, who was in the house grieving. She said,
“Jesus, if You had been here, my brother would not have
died.” She was taken up with her grief, enclosed within
herself - the atmosphere and gloom and the tomb. This is what
sin does, but Jesus made Himself known to her in resurrection
Jesus has come. He has already paid the price to redeem us;
in spirit, soul, and body, no matter what we were involved
in. He called Mary out from the doom of death. Wherever death
is written on any part of us, He will come and call us to
rise up into His presence.
Some are waiting until they get to heaven, but Jesus said,
“I Am the resurrection. “I Am” is the One
who will raise all who respond, out of their grave, into resurrection
life. He is saying, “I am here, right now, to take you
into my nail scarred hands, and begin to bring the full redemption
that you desire, if you will let Me.
Let us do what Mary did – she rose up quickly and came
to Jesus. May each one of us also rise up out of our death,
and come into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The most marvelous
thing that can happen to us is to be conscious of the call
of God that rests upon us. This is not a call to serve, but
rather, this is the call of Jesus for us to come to Him, so
He can impart Himself to us, that we might “sup with
Him, and He with us.” Only then will we have something
to give to others.
The Apostle Paul said, “I have not yet apprehended
all that I see in God, and all that He has for me. I want
to know Him in the power of His resurrection, and in the fellowship
of His suffering. I want to get into the depths of what I
see in Christ Jesus. I want to know Him personally.
“The Master is come and calls for you.” He is
yet calling. Do you really love Jesus? Do you love Him enough
to be different from others? Do you love Him enough to leave
the ways of the world, and be separated unto Him?
We have only a short time in which to make our choices and
decisions, so we will be in the company that follows the Lamb,
wherever He goes. In the resurrection, our reward will not
be the result of our “works,” but rather, according
to our “relationship” with Jesus, and how much
of Jesus has been wrought out within our lives.
“The Master is come and calls for you.” Can He
have His way with you?