Loose Him and Let Him Go!

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 KEY BIBLE PASSAGES: John 11; Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 10: 2-9; 30-37; 1 Corinthians 4:26; Ephesians 6:18-19

John 11: 1-56

…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…

Introduction:

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.

  • When Christ arrives in Bethany, Martha greets Him with weeping and a gentle rebuke: John 11:21 Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
  • Martha’s complaint is followed by her fervent testimony: But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee – v. 22.
  • Jesus affirms His own role and identity: I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live – v. 25.
  • The grieving of the sisters, the wailing of the mourners, Christ’s own tears, the hostility of certain ones in the crowd, and the melancholy of the grave site constitute a crescendo of human emotion.
  • Jesus commands that the stone covering the tomb’s entrance be removed. Martha objects, saying, he must be stinking by now since its being four days, Yet. Christ said that if she believed she would see the glory of the LORD. The stone was removed, and Jesus offered a prayer of gratitude.

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:

  1.   COME FORTH
  2.   LOOSE HIM AND LET HIM GO; constitute the way and the power of the Atonement.

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.

  1. Lazarus had received the Word of the Lord.
  2. He is still clothed in the garments of death. He was still wrapped in his grave clothes.
  • Many today have received salvation but are still bound up with the former garments of death.
  • The lifestyle of some who claim to be Christians is no different than it was before their salvation experience. Those are grave clothes.
  1. Lazarus was able to have some movement ,but he was not free.
  • He was able to get out of the grave but unable to remove the grave clothes.
  • Most of us are able to do some things fairly well even though grave clothes keep us from being totally free.
  1. The Lord involves His people in the ministry of deliverance.Luke 10:2-9Then He said to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves
  • God is looking for those who will help to set others free.
  • It won’t always be easy.
  • He wants us to depend on nothing but the Holy Spirit.
  • Don’t worry about masses. Find one to mentor and maybe God will send more.
  • Know that your work is kingdom work.

III. We Loose (Free) them by:

  1. Responding to the call.

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.

  • Jesus used His authority over death and the grave to raise Lazarus from death, yet left him bound hand and foot with these grave clothes. This is because the Lord never works needless miracles.

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

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