John 11:38-44 – Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
We have all had situations when it seemed like it could not get worse and somehow it did. We have all had fears and pent-up emotions in crisis situations and just knew things were bad and going from bad to worse.
In these kinds of situations, we did not know where to turn. All looked bleak on the horizon but then just in the nick of time, the tide turned. The gray sky changed and things within began to calm. The churning of the stomach, the wringing of the hands, the sleepless nights, the constant turmoil was gone. Jesus had come on the scene. Our heart was at rest. We were again at peace. Jesus was with us every step of the way.
Anyone here ever had a bad day? We all have. Those days seem to us dark, dreary, tomb like. We feel alone. Days like those we do not like, and do not want in our life.
Lazarus was in the tomb – continued illness took his life. All hope seemed to be lost. All that was left for family and friends was to endure and hope that the pain would ease. But then, in their despair, in their crisis, in their turmoil, in their helplessness, Jesus made His appearance.
In the story of Lazarus, we see emotions – in Mary, Martha, the crowd, and even Jesus. In Mary and Martha’s loss, in their despair, their crisis, their turmoil, their helplessness, they had forgotten that this same Jesus, their friend, had stilled the waters, fed the multitudes, opened blinded eyes, healed the lepers, made the lame to walk again and much more.
In their despair and pent up emotions of hurt and possibly even bitterness, they had forgotten this same Jesus had spoken those fantastic words of blessing we refer to as the Beatitudes. They had heard His parables, His sermons, His words and seen His works. Yet after what had been almost daily contact for three plus years, they still did not understand, still did not believe.
…as He began to pray….”Father, I thank You that You have heard Me….And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” And then with a loud voice He cried out “Lazarus, come forth.”
And then, they saw him who had died as he came out of the tomb, hand and feet bound…. AND THEY BELIEVED.
Are you bound? Come out of the tomb. Are you in bondage? Come out of the tomb.
When Jesus Christ saved you and brought you out of the tomb of sin and despair…he did not stop at “Come out of the tomb.” He also said be loosed and set free.
We are doing our Lord discredit. We are trampling again the Blood of Jesus under our feet when we continue to do those things that reflect negatively on our freedom in Christ. Christ Jesus said COME OUT OF THE TOMB…BE LOOSED AND SET FREE…
I ask you here today…is that what He said?
Did He say “COME OUT OF THE TOMB?” Did He not also say…”He whom the Son sets free is free indeed?”
The three Hebrew children were in the worst turmoil, the worst situation anybody could be in….but they weren’t in a tomb…and the scripture says they weren’t bound either. In fact the old king said they were walking around down there in that fiery furnace. They were not walking around down there bound but they were free and Jesus was walking with them.
You may be in a terrible spot…you may be in a predicament, and you may be in a devil’s torment that you have never seen before and don’t want to see again…but YOU DON’T HAVE TO ACT LIKE YOU ARE IN A TOMB AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BOUND.
WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE?
Do you want to stay in the tomb? Do you want to stay bound?
Do you want to come out of the tomb and be set free?
We can say we can’t…
But He says…”We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.” – Philippians 4:13
We can say we are afraid
But He says… “I have not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
COME OUT OF THE TOMB AND BE SET FREE.
We can say we don’t have
But He says… “I shall supply all of your need according to my riches in glory.” – Philippians 4:19
We can say I am defeated
But He says…”GOD ALWAYS CAUSES ME TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST JESUS.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14
COME OUT OF THE TOMB….BE SET FREE
We can say I’m bound
But He says …”Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17
We can say I’m under condemnation
But He says…”There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1
COME OUT OF THE TOMB… BE SET FREE
We can say we are sick
But He says…”By my stripes you are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
We can say Satan has me overpowered
But He says…”Greater am I that is in you that he that is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4
COME OUT OF THE TOMB….BE SET FREE
We can say we have too many doubts and don’t have enough faith
But He says…”I have given to everyone a measure of faith.” – Romans 12:3
What is your need today? Come out of the tomb….be set free.