Monday, July 11

Unwrap him!

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 24-25, Proverbs 16, John 11

John 11:43–44 After he said this, Jesus shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him go.”

Observation

Jesus commanded dead Lazarus to come out of the tomb-cave where he had been buried. But Lazarus was wrapped in linen strips, “bound hand and foot.” This means he couldn’t walk out. At best, he could take tiny shuffling steps, or more likely, he hopped. Imagine seeing the dead man, bound like a mummy, hopping out of the tomb. 

Jesus commanded those nearby to help him out. “Unwrap him and let him go.” Jesus had done the miracle of giving a dead man life. Now his friends had help him out of his grave-clothes. 

Application

Jesus has given us new life (see Ephesians 2:1-10), but we still need friends who can help us out of our grave-clothes. 

All of us come out of the old life wearing the wrappings of that life. And we can’t get free by ourselves. We end up hopping or shuffling when we could be walking and running. We need help. 

I know some Christians who think believers shouldn’t need a therapist. But we all need help getting out of our grave-clothes. That help may come from a therapist, a pastor, a doctor, or most often, from caring friends. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. And don’t hesitate to help a friend out of their grave-clothes. Unwrap him!

Prayer: Lord, show me where I need help today, and where I can help others out of their grave-clothes.