Passage About Lazarus:
John 11:17-19 (NKJV)
17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
John 11:23 (NKJV)
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
John 11:38-39 (NKJV)
38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, 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 him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
John 11:42-44 (NKJV)
42 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.”
43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
What ability did Lazarus have to then obey what Jesus commanded him to do—
“Come Forth”? Absolutely none! For two reasons: First he was dead……. and, secondly, he was fettered and bound with grave clothes.
Power went out with Jesus’ words to allow Lazarus to obey Him. Lazarus had to float out of the tomb. He had to be loosed. He could not walk out of the tomb.
That’s the power of God’s Word! Enabling us to do what we cannot do for ourselves. Only by His Word can we be born again and live for Him. It’s His work and power—–not ours! Only He can make us float.
Thus we read: Philippians 2:13 (NKJV)
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
By a friend used by permission. Henry Luke July 27,2014