Today I will be coming from the 11th chapter of John verses 1-44 in which the story of Lazarus’ death and resurrection is told.
In chapter 11 Jesus hears of Lazarus’ death and travels back to Bethany, which is a town near Jerusalem, to raise him from the dead. His disciples were worried of him returning to Jerusalem because of how the Jews tried to stone him and arrest him in the end of Chapter 10. Jesus however, loved Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha and said the words “Let us go to him” when questioned about the possible danger. Jesus shows up and is taken to the grave of Lazarus and this is where we have the famous “Jesus Wept” occurs. Jesus sees Mary weeping along with some other Jews who were there with her. He asks them “Where have you laid him?” and they say “Lord, come and see” and this is when Jesus weeps. He is taken to the tomb, asks Martha to roll away the stone, prays to the Father, and commands Lazarus to come out of the tomb. Lazarus then walks out of the tomb still bound with linen strips and face wrapped in cloth and Jesus says “Unbind him, and let him go.”
This whole story is short yet powerful!! When Jesus first heard of Lazarus’ death he says:
“This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the son of God may be glorified through it.”
Some things we must endure so God can work through us and our testimony. Think of Lazarus’ death as a symbol of anything you are going through. You may have to die financially, friendships/relationships may have to die, bad habits may have to die, even your GPA may have to die. Just know that God will raise you again just to show others that he can bring you back from ANYTHING. Through your resurrection he will only add to your testimony and to the Glory of God.
Jesus also spoke the words “Lazarus, come out” and once he came out he said “Unbind him, and let him go” and he will do the same for you. When it is time for you to come out of whatever situation you are in Jesus will speak those words and you will become unbound and free from whatever you are dealing with. God will move mountains so you can bear fruit however, patience and endurance must be shown first. Don’t Give up. If Jesus raised a man from the dead this means that there is no depth that he cannot raise you out from. No depth of sorrow, financial instability, relationship issues, school issues, sin. Nothing is out of his reach.
A Willing Vessel