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May 31, 2015

“Then Jesus called in a loud voice. He said, ‘Lazarus, come out!’  The dead man came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of linen. A cloth was around his face.

Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the clothes he was buried in and let him go.’” – John 11:43-44, NIRV

Jesus didn’t take grave clothes off Lazarus after He raised him from the dead.  He didn’t tell Lazarus to take his own grave clothes off, because he literally couldn’t.  Approximately 100 lbs. of grave clothes would have been put on Lazarus.  Jesus told others to take the grave clothes off.  We need others to help us take off the grave clothes of our past, our hurts, our misconceptions, etc.  We need people we can trust that will call us out when we need it, and help us face the truth about ourselves.  Professionals can help take off sections of our grave clothes when things get tangled.

In John 11:44c it says, “…and let him go.”  Up until then Lazarus had very limited movement.  Now he had the freedom to choose what would happen to him.  I can almost hear Jesus saying with a smile on His face, “Now watch him go!” I can imagine Lazarus ran, jumped, and danced.  He probably all but leaped from one person to another as he hugged those he loved.  It must have felt incredibly awesome to get 100 lbs. of grave clothes off!

I think another thing Jesus may have been saying was to let him do what he was created to do.  Give Lazarus the freedom to be the new man he will be now.


From → covering, releasing

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  2. Thank you!

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