Come Out of Your Cave!

Lazarus and Jesus were good friends. The Bible says Jesus loved Lazarus, and Jesus spent a lot of time with Lazarus and his sisters. But in John 11 we see Jesus arrive late, four days after His friend’s death, like a delayed ambulance responding to 911. He waited several days to respond to Lazarus’ sisters’ cry for help. Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus as their brother lay sick, yet Jesus doesn’t respond right away. Finally he comes, and he weeps. Often the verse, “Jesus wept,” is the first people focus on here, but here’s what struck me. After saying, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Jesus has the stone rolled away from the entrance to the cave where Lazarus lay. He gave thanks to the Father, and says the words the sisters had been waiting for, “Lazarus, come out!” The scripture says in verse 44, “The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face…” When I reread this last Sunday, I thought, ‘How did he know which direction to go if his face was covered?’ It was the sound of Jesus’ voice, His shepherd’s voice, that led him, not just from the grave, but out of death itself. You see sometimes we are blinded by the world. Someone I know recently said she gave up Facebook because she felt like she was looking at it every five minutes, and it was taking over her time and, well, her life. There are so many distractions that can get in the way of what is truly important, but it is comforting to know that even when our spiritual face is covered God still cries out to us, “Come out!” Come out of your distraction to the joy of life! Come out of your dark cave to a life of praise and celebration! Come out of addiction. Come out of your lies. Come out! Come out! And see the One who loves you, who weeps for you, who gives you new life.

This blog post was inspired by my pastor’s message on 5/10/15 about Mary, a woman after God’s heart. I believe this was a family after God’s heart. Enjoy the post, leave a comment, and like this post on social media.

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