Thank God for the power of resurrection. Many of us know that death has no power over us. We get excited over resurrection (which we should be) but we don’t exercise the power associated with it. After resurrection, we are not supposed to be the same person we were before. Jesus resurrected with power and great glory. So why aren’t we showing the same?
The story of Lazarus has always been one of my favourite bible stories.
“Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 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. 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.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 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.””
(John 11:38-44 NKJV)
The most fascinating thing for me about the above story was that when Lazarus was raised from the dead, he still couldn’t function. He had life in him but he wasn’t moving. He was restricted on what he could do. He couldn’t function in the full capacity that he was supposed to. Although raised, he was still bound with grave clothes.
Can you relate to this? Do you feel like you are alive but you aren’t moving forward. Have you experienced a huge miracle that has brought life back to you but you still aren’t able to function to your maximum capacity? Let’s see what Jesus did next.
Jesus said “loose him and let him go”. So for Lazarus to be able to function, he had to be loosed! The grave clothes had to be taken away!
What are the grave clothes holding you bound? What are those things preventing you from moving forward? Many Christians today can be likened to a Lazarus living with grave clothes on. The grave clothes represent the things we have in us that needs to be taken out. The things we should get rid off in order to live freely.
You have said the sinners prayers. You have given your life to God but you still have a ‘little grudge’ against that friend. That is a grave cloth. Yours could be jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, pride, anger, gossiping, backbiting, laziness…… (fill in the gap). Think deep you will find what it is. These things will keep restricting you if you don’t allow Jesus to take them off you. Our attitude sometimes is like, ‘thank you Jesus for raising me but I am ok with these grave clothes on’. And then we complain when things aren’t going right with us. We blame Jesus for everything when we refused to allow Him complete the work He has started in us.
Some people are existing but they aren’t living. Everything about them is dead. Everything they touch crumbles because of the ‘grave clothes’ they are carrying. Allow Jesus to complete what He has started in you. He alone has the power to command the grave clothes to be removed. Humbly come before Him so he can strip you off those things that you don’t need. You can only ‘go’ when you have been loosed. Go is an action word. Until you are loosed everything remains stagnant and stiff. Can you imagine how Lazarus’ life was before and after the grave clothes were taken off? Let Jesus fix you and your life will never remain the same again.