Life and Freedom

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.  Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.

John 11:43-45

When we look at this story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, we can draw many parallels with Jesus saving a sinner.  The first and most obvious comparison is that of life and death.  Lazarus was dead.  He had been dead several days.  In fact, when Jesus told them to roll the stone away, his sister said “he stinketh.”  He was dead.  Jesus came along and gave him life.  “…he that was dead came forth…”  He was dead, but he walked out of that tomb with a new life!

A second thing we can see is that, after he received life, he was still “bound hand and foot with graveclothes.”  People could see that he was alive and moving around, but he stilled looked like a dead man.  It is the same with Christians.  A new Christian probably isn’t going to act just like a person who has been a Christian for 40 years.  It’s going to take a little time to get them cleaned up, and that’s ok.

Another thing we can see is that, immediately after giving him life, Jesus told them to “Loose him, and let him go.”  Salvation is life and it gives us freedom.  Sadly, the devil has tricked many people into thinking that Christianity is binding and restricting.  The truth is that Jesus gives us life and freedom.  He wants to release us from the chains of our sin.

Just as Lazarus was given life and freedom, Jesus gives every one who comes to Him that same life and freedom.  What a wonderful Saviour!

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