When we first give our lives to Christ we are just as green as just picked and dried coffee beans; covered with a hull that must be removed. It is our sin, brokenness, and ego that require processing to extract.
Messy. Holy. Freeing. Complete. Joyful. Humbled. Saturated by His love.
Here at the home of a dead man Jesus is consoling Martha and asking one question, do you believe? With her statement and heartfelt acceptance Jesus could now proceed to do something impossible...make the dead un-dead.
Just as each person comes into the church through the entry door, they also bring with them who they are. The personal mess of troubles, lingering doubts, hidden secrets, worries, habits and suspicions are all brought right on into the church, the sanctuary, a building on a plot of land where people gather.