Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” – John 11:43-44
Today we read the conclusion of the narrative of Lazarus, now lying in the tomb for four days, being raised to life by Jesus. At the command of Jesus, Lazarus leaves the tomb and stumbles into the daylight.
We can use this story as an analogy for the parts of our lives that are dead because of sin. They lie in the tomb, keeping us split, with a part of us missing. Yet, at the word of Jesus, in his promise of forgiveness and mercy, we need only turn to him in his word, trust, and ask forgiveness with a true regret and contrition. Then, behold the miracle of transformation that occurs. We can reclaim the parts of our mind, spirit, body and soul that were thrust into darkness by sin, be brought forth again into the light of Christ and be restored to health.
Let us pause today, and hear the voice of Jesus calling us by name out of the tomb, saying, “Come forth!”, and let him remove the bandages that bind us, that we may go forth free to live in him.
May God bless you.