Learning from Lazarus

In the book of John, chapter 11, Jesus does something wild! He raises his good friend Lazarus from the dead. It’s quite a spectacle and is the final straw for those wanting Jesus dead. The entire situation is spelled out in detail throughout the chapter and I believe reveals so much about God’s character and His relationship with us. Here are a few scriptures at the height of it all.

v. 40-44
40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

There are four things that really grabbed my attention about God’s character and how He feels about us just from these few scriptures.

1. Jesus’ prayer allows us to see His ongoing and intimate relationship with the Father. This prayer seems to signify their oneness.

2. Jesus prays this prayer aloud so that the people standing there would believe that He has been sent as Savior; that He is the One they’ve been waiting for to restore all things. In this I see how much He cares for and about the hearts of His people.

3. I am amazed at the power of God to raise anyone from the dead! From this I am reminded that even though it may feel like it sometimes and as cliche as it may sound, there is truly nothing too big or too small for God to work in and through.

4. We don’t have to lay in our grave clothes! Jesus didn’t just raise a man from the dead, He said “unwrap him and let him go!”. In Jesus we have new life and are free from slavery to ourselves and the things of this world!


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