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My Heart Belongs To Jesus - A Brief Study On Mary Of Bethany

Updated on January 15, 2018

* all [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine *

Mary lived with her sister, Martha and her brother Lazarus in the small town of Bethany. It was convenient to Jesus who lived in the area to stop by these folks whom He had befriended. As Jesus' ministry began, He introduced them to the 12 disciples and they grew to love them as well. Lazarus and his family were wealthy, perhaps Lazarus sat at the gate to judge on matters of litigation and judged. That often explained the wealth of one particular family. It would help explain how Mary had enough money to pour a whole bottle of spiknard onto Jesus' feet in the Bible account. It would also explain why so many people attended Lazarus' funeral along with paid mourners. At any rate this story in verse below gives the emotional account a little life so it is easy to visualize the pain and elation in these verses of Scripture.

I'm a simple woman really, who loves with all her heart

So I knew my life was safe, with Jesus from the start,

I truly want to tell you, what my Jesus meant to me

The moment that I met Him, my spirit was set free,

I was busy helping Martha, when He wandered by

And I offered Him a little drink, because His throat was dry,

He had eyes that looked right through me, right down into my soul

And we sat and talked for hours, on the grassy knoll,

He seemed to really love us, my brother, sister, and I

He would stop over just to talk, and to watch the clouds float by,

Many times at Temple, I heard them read the scrolls

Of how a great Messiah, would walk our grassy knolls,

And I knew this Man Jesus was not just a man, but more

That God had stepped down from heaven, sinful mankind to restore,

A promise I made to listen, to His every word

And at the feet of the Teacher, I'd soak up all I heard,

Seemed all the world I'd forget, when He but spoke my name

But Martha would get so mad, she thought it all a game

Then Jesus told her "Martha, you think of busy things

But Mary seeks peace and joy, that only heaven brings."

Then one day it happened, my brother fell very ill

We all prayed to heaven, for His healing and His will,

But the healing power never came, my brother Lazarus died

We all knelt 'round the body, to mourn him and we cried,

If only Jesus had been here, with His healing way

My brother would not have died, and would still be here today,

That first day it was awful, the wailing and the moans

I looked through eyes of streaming tears, and breathed out silent groans,

The second day we wound him up, and prepared him for the grave

Memories of him came flooding back, and of the love he gave,

And again I thought of Jesus, why was my Lord not here?

We'd gotten word to Him in time, for He was so very near,

But Jesus never came, and now four days had passed

Then I saw the Lord Jesus, coming over the hill at last,

So I ran and met my Lord, I hugged Him tight to me

"My Lord, Lazarus died!" and I took His hand, "Come see!"

I led Him over the grassy knoll, the mourners wailing on

The air was thick with sadness, our Lazarus was gone,

Then Jesus stopped short, and had teardrops in His eyes

Though I understood the sadness, the tears caught me by surprise,

"Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died

And then I held on to Him, and we both stood there and cried,

My dear sister Martha, had told Jesus the same thing

And the truth of what He told her, still in my ears did ring,

"I AM the Resurrection and the Life, do you believe this?" he said

A person that believes in Me, will never end up dead,"

Jesus raised His voice above the din, and shouted to the crowd

"You strong men there, move the stone!" He told them in voice so loud,

The Jews that were there looked shocked, what does this Jesus think?

And Martha said, "It's been four days, by this time he doth stink!"

But I shouted, "Move the stone! Just move it anyway!

This Man Jesus is the Lord, we must do what He doth say!"

With great effort they moved the stone, and rolled it from his tomb

And the smell of death did fill the air, with thoughts of desperate gloom,

Jesus rang out in voice so clear, "Dear Lazarus come out!"

Then my brother wasn't dead, and I heard the people shout,

I fell at my knees at Jesus' side, He said, "Loose him and let him free."

And I grabbed Jesus' feet and worshipped Him, and praised Him thankfully,

If I listened to His voice before that day, I've doubled my effort since

He told of His crucifixion, and the thought just made me wince,

It wasn't many days after, they hung Him on a tree

To pay for the sins of everyone, including you and me,

I tell you today, and it's important enough to hear

Accept Jesus as your Savior, He's died to keep you near.

This poem from the perspective of sweet Mary of Bethany is a powerful reminder of what listening at the feet of Jesus means to all who take the time to pay attention.

Jesus said, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." He said, "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life." He said, "Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me."

One must ask of himself, am I like Mary or am I like her sister? Am I a listener and believer of Jesus or am I too concerned with the cares of this life to hear? Jesus wants all to hear Him and let Him into their lives.

If you see yourself as consumed by the cares of life and still missing something in your heart, that something is Jesus. It is easy to ask Him in. All that is required is that you know you bear sin in your flesh that will keep you away from God if it is not taken away from you. That you realize that this sin was passed down to you so that your "human nature" is to sin. Jesus came to die to pay for that nature, so that nature would not keep us from him. All we must do is confess before Him that we are a sinner and need Him to save us and He will. Pray this:

Dear Lord Jesus: I know that I am a sinner and that my sin will keep me from going to heaven. Please take this sin away from me and save me. I believe in your death to pay for my sin, your burial and your victory over death. I believe that you sit once more at the right hand of God. I turn from my sin and turn to you as the only way of salvation. Thank you for loving me and I love you my Savior. In Jesus' holy name I pray. Amen.


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    • no body profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert E Smith 

      7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Minakay, I am so thrilled that my obedience to God has inspired you. Mary of Bethany is one of the greatest people in Scripture and has always inspired me. She was not perfect but she truly loved and worshiped the Lord God and knew how to sit at His feet and listen. She clung on every word like it was her last moments on earth and the very next thing He said would be the most important. I love that about her. I try to be like her. I want to give her the biggest hug in heaven and tell her how She inspired me. And now you tell me that you are in some ways like her. I send a big Christian hug to you to my sister. Love Bob.

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      The Rev. Kelechi Timothy Francis 

      7 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

      How else can I describe it? Awesome and inspiring. I just got an inspiration to write: My very own Box of Alabaster. God bless you, beloved.

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      Robert E Smith 

      7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I'm happy that you were blessed by it sister.

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      Betty Bolden 

      7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      just amazing my brother

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      Robert E Smith 

      8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Jim, I merely grow tired of the heroes grabbing all the press. Everyone has respect to the main characters of stories, but what about less spoken of characters and seemingly less important stories. What were in their minds because they all were real people. Heaven will be full of these folks that were fringe characters too and will be able relate to us all kinds of insights we never thought about because we are lazy and merely spoke of the chief stories and the main themes. We din't let God illuminate to us the breadth of His word, which He will if you meditate on it. Most of my Scriptural poetry is looking at a story from a fringe prospective, a fringe character's eyes. Mary is not fringe but spending enough time on her story is. Mary is a heroine of mine. I strive to sit at our Savior's feet as she did. I strive to see things as she did, where all the world disappeared when Jesus arrived. It all faded away. She didn't care about eating or anything but listening to the words of life.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      An awesome piece of work. I had no idea you were a conduit for prophetic creative genius. I stand with a whole new respect for your artistry, sir.

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      Robert E Smith 

      9 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Lottie, you are my sister in Christ. It makes my heart happy to hear that I bring joy to you. The Lord be praised for His ministry. Love you, Lottie.

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I told you we are all here on Hubpages to help one another with our gifts from God! What a gift you have, it makes me so happy and joyful inside. I just love you no body!

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      deb thanks for stopping by may God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine down on you.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago


      This is an excellent poem. What a wonderful way to illustrate the committed trusting relationship Mary, Martha and Lazarus had. Powerful


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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I know. You watching the news? It will be very soon. Love you brother.

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      10 years ago

      no body, I do believe with all my heart we need to keep the oil filled in our lamps. We will see his coming. He could all ready be on his way! Amen God Bless You

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Isn't that the coolest thought that you could ever think. God putting us back together with a body that can do everything that Jesus body could (within reason I presume)

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      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Wow. You still take my breath away. I think about the condition of the body of Lazarus, for the Jews do not embalm as we do. The body has to be buried within hours of death for this reason. I think about how our physical bodies will decay in the grave, yet one day the Lord will re-create out of our dust the beautiful eternal bodies He predestined for us! Hallelujiah!

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Thanks ma. You always read and say nice things. Love ya with great big hugs.

      Thank you manly p m When someone reads and gets a blessing it really makes my day.

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      10 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Fantastic no body! Really well written in rhyme...and liked how you did the poem from on the inside looking out. You have mucho talent for a no body...anybody...would say so!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Jesus looked at Martha, "I AM the Resurrection and the Life," he said

      A person that believes in Me will never end up dead,"

       Love it .... is so nice they way you write and easy to read and consume...Thanks :O) HUgs


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