Throw Off ‘Dem Graveclothes!

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.” 

John 11:43-44 (NKJV)

This is a passage that most Sunday School Christians would know. The story goes that Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, dies while Jesus is away. After Jesus waits a few days, he traverses back to where Lazarus is buried. Once Jesus arrives, He does the miraculous: He raises Lazarus from the dead. 

There is so much applicable truth in this chapter of John, but one that arose upon this reading was new and vibrant. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He did not let him wander around in his old clothes. Jesus tells those around watching the miracle to loose him of his graveclothes that he may freely go. 

The application is this: when we were raised to new life in Christ, the God who redeemed us commands for us to strip off our graveclothes. No longer do you wander around clothed in the signs of a dead corpse, you are a new creation. Throw off ‘dem graveclothes! Let loose of those worldly things that we once clothed ourselves in; we have been cleansed by the lamb, no need to put our dirty clothes back on.

How many times do we see an amazing conversion, and then not too much later, we see the supposed newborn Christian revert to his worldly ways? This action is defiling the miracle of Christ; they stayed clothed in stench of the world! Let us now walk freely, clothed in the righteousness and purity of our Savior. 

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