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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

A Robe of Redemption

We all know the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead after spending four days in the grave.

But I want to take a moment to look at the scripture from this story- in John chapter 11:43-44.

I encourage you to read the entire chapter, but to save your reading time and my typing, I will focus on verses 43-44 of the King James version:

‘...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.”’

He that was dead….

Did you notice that?

Lazarus had been sick, and ultimately died from this sickness- though it is not clear what illness it was. He was dead for four days before Jesus ever got there.

The Hebrew name Lazarus actually means ‘God has helped’.

Amazing, right?

Though Lazarus had been dead for days, Jesus was still able to revive and restore his soul.

I especially love Jesus' words in these particular verses.

First, “Lazarus, come forth.”

He was calling Lazarus from the depths of his grave, calling him by name.

Second he says, “Loose him and let him go.”

He was commanding that the people take off the grave cloth, to unwrap him and release him from the cloth that had bound him in the grave.

In the same way, God calls us to “come forth”.

He calls us to come out of our graves of shame, guilt, and sin and by doing so He commands the devil to release us, and to let us fall into the arms of a Loving Father- a Father that is able to revive and restore our rejected souls.

He commands that our gravecloths be taken off and the napkin over our face to be removed.

And in place, He will give us a Robe of Redemption.

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