Saturday, April 8

 John 11:38-45 (ESV)

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb.  It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”  40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”  41 So they took away the stone.  And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”  43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”  44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,

In this passage, Jesus demonstrates his power over death.  He also uses the situation to bring glory to God and so that more people would put their faith in him.  It’s a precursor to what’s to come for himself and has many parallels.  And, he is no doubt aware that this will stir up more trouble with him and the Pharisees.

As Christians, we are all in various stages of coming out of our tombs.  After all, transformation is a process, not an event.  It takes ongoing work and help from others so as to unbind ourselves from the hindrances we sometimes cling to.

During this Lenten period, let us examine our lives to see what we need to unbind ourselves from so that we can experience more fully the life God wants us to have.

Father, unbind us from anything that keeps us from experiencing your will for our lives. Amen.

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