Grave Clothes

Lazarus

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David!

The first Thursday after Easter and the last Thursday of the month of April!

On Easter Sunday, Christians all over the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Out of the belly of death (after being digested for three days), Jesus arose out of the depths and out of the tomb to life once again!

There’s only one person who has stayed dead longer than Jesus to come back to life.
That would be Jesus’ good friend Lazarus.

Lazarus was dead in the tomb for FOUR days!

Jesus arrived at the tomb encasing the dead body of Lazarus and told the mourners and family members to remove the stone.

The response was overwhelmingly negative…

Let me paraphrase…
“Oh Jesus… Don’t do that. Lazarus has been dead for four days and his decomposed body will stink to the high heavens! Can’t you just say a prayer instead?”

The stone was removed and the door was opened to the tomb and listen to what Jesus says (no paraphrasing this time!)

Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11: 43-44)

This is an amazing story!
But did you notice one very important factor of this story that is most times overlooked?
After Lazarus is raised, comes out of the tomb, what does Jesus say next?

“Take off your grave clothes and let him go.”

It’s as if being raised from the dead wasn’t the real miracle here.

Something else had to take place as well.

“Take off the grave clothes!”

This is when the real work and miracle begins.
If Lazarus keeps walking around in grave clothes, he’s still just as good as dead.

Who takes a man seriously walking around wrapped in grave clothes?
How could Lazarus accept new life still “entombed” with grave clothes?

And there’s the “Aha” moment for me!

I have been raised to new life in Christ!
And so have you!!
Woohoo!! Praise God!!!
But…. (and that’s a big but!!)

What grave clothes am I still clinging on to and what grave clothes are still clinging on to me?

What clothes am I still bound to which are suitable not for life but rather for death?

Well…
Come on out this Sunday and let’s shout together – “Take off the grave clothes!”
Let’s discover new life with Grace clothes, not Grave clothes!

Time for a new wardrobe!!

Grace and Peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

daviddendy@daviddendy.com

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