…40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me…
Christ has the power and the authority to command the dead to “come forth”. When He liberates a person from death and brings them into life, He expects us to get involved by loosing them and setting them free from that which would keep them crippled and unable to walk a successful Christian walk. One of the most significant episodes in our Savior’s mortal ministry is the raising of Lazarus from the dead after he had lain in the tomb for four days.
It is an astounding public miracle that illuminates core truths about Christ and His Atonement. Christ receives desperate word from Martha and Mary to come to Bethany, for their brother is deathly ill.
Jesus deliberately delays His journey for two days, then announces that Lazarus is dead and that He and His disciples must go to him.
Christ cries out in a loud voice, for Lazarus to come forth. There must have been hope, terror, and surprise felt by the people when Lazarus obeyed and rose, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his, bound about with a napkin.
Then came Christ’s second command to certain others standing by: LOOSE HIM AND LET HIM GOD.
Christ was commanding the people to free Lazarus, to remove the grave clothes and unbind the wrappings from around his eyes, mouth, hands, and feet. For he lived again. The Lazarus story provides one of the most powerful metaphors of the Atonement of Christ for all humankind. We are all like Lazarus, beloved of the Lord, but wrapped about in the grave clothes of this world. These two commandments:
A similar episode occurred in the release of the ass that Jeus borrowed to ride to Jerusalem fir His last Passover celebration while here on earth – Matthew 21:1-11
2 Corinthians 6:1 We are called to work with Christ and to help one another. Today, not tomorrow is the proper time to get involved in helping the Body of Christ and also the heirs of salvation to come into full salvation.
III. We Loose (Free) them by:
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.
The Lord will not go beyond what requires a miracle. By obedience of faith we must work out our own salvation. The Lord does the quickening, but there is more to salvation than just being quickened. Even after Jesus had called Lazarus out of the grave by the power and authority of His Word, Lazarus was still bound hand and foot with grave clothes. He was bound about with a napkin. He couldn’t see. He was alive, but he was as a little child unable to see for himself, unable to walk for himself.
Many today think God is going to do miracles at the snap of their fingers as though God becomes their bellboy. We need to understand that this is not the way of the Lord. What we need to see is that the Lord never works a needless miracle to do what we are able to do by the obedience of faith.
Philippians 2: 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
That is a miracle, but He doesn’t do the doing for us. By obedience of faith, we must walk in the revealed will of God.
By Dr. Margaret J Makinde