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Come Out Of That Tomb!

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Lazarus come forthMartha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:21-26

Notice in our text v.25 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He didn’t say, “I’m able to resurrect,” but I am the resurrection.” And because of this He said, “Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”

The interesting thing we must see in Jesus’ statement is that the resurrection is not an event, it is a person. In other words it’s not just what He does; it’s who He is!

What is so wonderful about our Lord is that dead things don’t stay dead when the resurrection walks into the room. I love how we see this later in vv.43-44 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.”

Have you ever stopped and contrasted Lazarus’ tomb experience with Jesus’? Jesus is dead in the tomb; there’s a stone blocking it. Lazarus is dead in a tomb; there’s a stone blocking it. When Jesus goes to Lazarus, he tells the disciples, “Roll the stone away.” When Jesus is in the tomb, the women walked up wondering, “Who’s going to roll the stone away?”  But they discovered that was not a problem, the stone had been rolled away.

This is where some of us are today because we feel like we’re dead on the inside. Maybe we’ve lost faith, or lost hope and we feel discouraged and trapped in a tomb with no strength to roll the stone away.

However, as we move closer to our celebration of Easter we need to remember and proclaim that Christ has rolled the stone away. And the same voice that called Lazarus to come out is telling us to “Come out of that tomb!”

Because Christ has rolled the stone away our sins can be forgiven and we can be set free. Not because we’ve done anything to earn this or have any strength of our own to brag about, but because He is strong. We can feel His comforting presence not because we deserve it, but because He is that good. The resurrection is not what He does; it’s who He is.

Do you hear His voice today calling you to come out of that tomb?  Jesus is the resurrection, come to Him by faith and watch all that is dead in your life come to life for His glory.

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