Out from the Grave like Lazarus

While piecing together my Christian Summer playlist, I was listening to a Christian station on Amazon Music, where this song came on, called Rise Up (Lazarus) by Cain. I think I’ve heard this song when looking for Christian music before, because it’s up-beat tempo sounded extremely familiar. It’s funny how a song sticks to you without you realizing it, isn’t it? Anyway, though, that song inspired me to write this article.

We all know of Jesus’ miracles. From delivering people from blindness and leprosy to changing water to wine, there are many great stories to stare back on when you’re feeling like you have to figure out your life for yourself. But, one of my favorite stories would have to be when Jesus raises Lazarus from death in John 11. Part of the reason I really like this is I love the depth we see in Jesus’ character. I feel like often we have the stereotypical stained-glass window picture of a long-haired figure (He didn’t have long hair!) with no emotions whatsoever.

However, if you closely examine this chapter, you’ll find that Lazarus was a person who Jesus knew, and loved, along with his sisters, who had obviously returned His love. Anyway, Jesus starts for Bethany, where Lazarus is sick (even though Jesus knows that he’s already dead). When He gets there, the Jews are comforting both Mary and Martha, and when Martha hears that Jesus is there, she goes to Him, and tells him that if Jesus would have been there, he wouldn’t have died, and that Jesus could still save him.

After Jesus and Martha finish their exchange of words, Martha goes to Mary and tells her that Jesus is calling, and in that moment, even in her profound grief, Mary hurries to Jesus and weeps as she cries to Him, telling Him that if He had been there, Lazarus wouldn’t have died (obviously the same thought occured to both sisters). Everyone’s crying for Lazarus, and Jesus isn’t any different.

I’ve heard some people being surprised by this, as it’s so human to cry when your friend dies. But, what I think they’re forgetting is the fact that Jesus is not only all God, but all human, too. He cries for the dead, and then He goes to the cave, and He has the rock moved. When people start to question this decision, Jesus says “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Then, when they move it, Jesus says “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” And then, Jesus calls Lazarus out of the grave, and saves His dear friend from death.

Well, it’s the same with us. We’re dead, condemned by our sins, and Jesus calls out of our death, calling us to come to Him, because we’re His dear friends, and He cries for us in our condemnation. So, as our greatest friend, He calls us to join Him, to no longer be held by the bindings of death. He invites us to live once again, and to live with Him and by His grace.

He loves us, and today we’re all invited to walk out of our graves, and enjoy the Light of Jesus, as He raises us from eternal death and to eternal life despite our sins. Today, all we have to do is walk out of the grave, and be grateful to our LORD who saves us so mercifully.

God bless you,

-A Christian Girl

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