LAZARUS: LOCKDOWN; IN THE GRAVE
The name Lazarus means “God is my Helper.” This Lazarus was “A man from Bethany”. A personal friend of Jesus. A brother to Mary and Martha. As we see from our reading in John Chapter 11, he died, was raised to life by Jesus, having spent 4 days in the grave. According to an old Tradition, written by Epiphanius, Lazarus was 30 when died the first time, he lived 30 more years after being restored to life.
Read: John 11. 1
*To Disciples: v4, v7, v11, v14 -15
*To Martha: v21v27
*To Mary: v32-34
Some Responses are deeper than words!!!!!! (X70)
Shortest verse in the bible (v35) “JESUS WEPT”
Proof of Jesus’: Total Presence!
Love of Lazarus, Martha and Mary!
(v36) “See how He loved him!” = A valued Judgement.
(v37) “Couldn’t he who opened the eyes of the blind men have kept this man form dying?” = A valued question……….
N.B: JESUS HAS NOT FINISHED SPEAKING YET!
Read v38. Where there is deep compassion there are miracles.
JESUS SAID = “INSTRUCTION”
“TAKE AWAY THE STONE!” (v39a)
Martha’s response =” By this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there 4 days! “(v39b)
JESUS SAID = “TEACHING”.
“Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the Glory of God?” (v40)
“They took away the stone.” (v41a)
JESUS SAID = “PRAYER”
“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me”. (v41b-42)
JESUS SAID = “CALL TO LAZARUS”
“Lazarus, come out!” (v43b). Lazarus did come out- Hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and cloth around his face.
JESUS SAID = “COMMAND FOR RELEASE!”
“Take off the grave clothes and let him go”. (v44b)
They Did!!!!!!!!!!(x70) Lazarus would die physically 30 years later with the knowledge.
- “Today you will be with Me”! (Jesus) (As did the thief on the cross).
- “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!” (Apostle Paul).
Conclusion: We will all one day have a Resurrected Body.
Read: 1 Corinthians 15v 42- 44a
1 Corinthians 15v49-58
Application: What grave are you and I locked down in??
Anxiety, fear, doubt, anger, hatred, oppression, poverty, loneliness, sickness, tiredness. The list could go on and on.
Jesus died and rose again so that our stone could be rolled away! TAKE AWAY THE STONE – The defence Mechanism /Protective Barrier – COME OUT!!
BE UNBOUND……. (Let others do that when and where necessary).
TO LIVE THE LIFE – Resurrected Life – that Jesus bought for us to live in right now!!!!!!!
Because: “If the spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give Life to your mortal bodies because of His spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)