The story of Mary and Martha has long been one of the most treasured narratives in the Scripture. Who doesn’t identify with hardworking Martha, frustrated with her captivated sister at the feet of the Lord? And who doesn’t admire the single-minded devotion of Mary? She was so enraptured with Jesus’ teaching that, to quote the beloved hymn, “the things of earth [had grown] strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
It all started when Jesus came to Bethany, to visit the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. They had become cherished personal friends of Jesus during His earthly ministry. He had a profound love for their family, and it’s clear from Luke’s account that Jesus made Himself at home in their house.