John 11:40-44 – “Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” NKJV
I love the story of Lazarus. I have little doubt there were those in the crowd who believed Jesus could do all things, some believed had He been there Lazarus would have lived and others who were just curious. He instructed them to take him to the tomb where Lazarus had been buried for four days and the smell would permeate the atmosphere should they roll away the stone. Jesus was undeterred when they protested and instructed them to take away the stone. He prayed an incredibly simple prayer and then commanded loudly for Lazarus to come out of the tomb. Lazarus was dead! He had been dead four days! In the natural mind he wasn’t going anywhere he was dead and decomposition was setting in.
Amazingly, when He issued a commanded that was probably a shock to many of those present, Lazarus came out of the tomb wrapped in the burial linens. I can only imagine the sight of a figure emerging from the tomb bound head to foot with the cloths they used to wrap the dead. What a sight that must have been and I would not be surprised if some wanted to turn and run even if they resisted that urge.
In many ways, Lazarus is a picture of us when we first come to Christ in salvation. We are still bound with the grave-clothes of a life of sin and cannot fully function in that condition. We are alive with the newness of life and our names are now in the Lamb’s Book of Life but we are not ready to fully function. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus commanded, “Loose him, and let him go.” Take the extraneous trappings from his life. We need the wise master builders to mold and shape us fitting us into that role and function we are designated in the Body of Christ. We need to be taught and allowed to mature spiritually from infancy to adolescence to adulthood. We need to be LOOSED from the baggage that still tries to attach itself to our lives.
God help us to not only hear the call to life but to allow those instructed of the Spirit of God to LOOSE US! May we be those who are teachable! May we realize that we have not arrived but are pressing toward the mark and to reach that goal effectively and be vessels meet for the Master’s use we need to be LOOSED!
God bless you as you go through this day!