DayBreaks for 04/17/12 – Loose Him

DayBreaks for 04/17/12 – Loose Him

John 11:43-44 (NLT)
43 (NLT) Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave clothes, his face wrapped in a head cloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

I think it is accurate to say that my favorite chapter in the New Testament is John 11.  It isn’t a chapter that is full of deep theology but it is a chapter of deep truth and emotion.  It is the chapter where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.  Any time that I see a movie of the life of Jesus, that is my favorite scene.  I recently (on Easter) saw a movie about Jesus that has Jeremy Sisto as Jesus, and the scene was great.

That being said, there has always been something about the historical record that has puzzled me, and it is found in the verses shown earlier.  It doesn’t puzzle me that Jesus speaks and even the dead respond.  It isn’t that Lazarus was able to come out of the tomb, even though he was still bound.  What puzzled me was that Jesus asks the bystanders to “Unwrap him and let him go!”

You may recall that in a few short days, Jesus will himself be killed and rise from the dead.  But what happens when he rises?  He seems to pass right through the grave clothes and wrappings, leaving them intact and in place, just “collapsed” when the body left the wrapping behind.  Based on the scene when the disciples arrive there, that seems to be the case.  So why, when Lazarus rose from the dead, was it necessary for someone to unwrap him and “let him go!”?

I wish I knew. I’m not smart enough that I can figure it out.  But I suspect that it may have something to do with Jesus wanting us to learn that he is the one who gives life, but that we have a role to play in unbinding and setting people free.  We cannot provide the life, only Jesus can do that.  But he looks at us and issues to us the command to unwrap those whom He has given new life and to let them go!

PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for calling us out of our own death in sin.  Thank you for those who have helped unwrap us and let us loose!  Thank you for inviting us to join in the process of letting the dead free!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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1 thought on “DayBreaks for 04/17/12 – Loose Him

  1. OK this is very to the point and very good as usual.Jesus could have unwrapped Lazarus but he did not because the unwrapping come for us to do with each other by that I mean we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we all are responsible for the new life we have in Christ. He gave Lazarus new life and he wanted his family to share this with him to help him with his new transformation, so he asked his family to help unwrap him.Just as Issac was a picture of what God was going to have to do with his son he was testing Abraham to see if he would be obedient and who he would choose above him. Father loves us so much he came as the son and did not fail he stayed the course for us but Abraham was the beginning of what he had planned for us all. So as the Lord gives us a chance for this new life in him we are to help each other unwrap and transform into the likeness of Jesus! great Pastor:)

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