Dead Man Obedience

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.  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

John 11:41-44

As I read this passage dealing with Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead, something sticks out to me.  “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  And he that was dead came forth…”  Jesus prayed to the Father, then called Lazarus to “come forth.”  What happened next?  “And he that was dead came forth…”

Lazarus was dead.  He had been dead for four days.  But when Jesus called him, he came forth.  He was dead, and yet he still was able to perfectly obey the voice of the Lord Jesus.  That is a good metaphor for our lives.

When we come to Jesus, the Bible tells us that we are “crucified with Christ.”  And it tells us that we should reckon ourselves dead to sin.  We should obey Jesus.  We should not obey ourselves, we should not obey the world, and we should not obey the Devil.  We should reckon ourselves dead to those things, and alive to Christ and alive to obedience to Him.

Just as Lazarus came forth immediately when Jesus called him, we should obey Him immediately when He calls us.  How are we doing?

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