I did something crazy this weekend. I got a tattoo. I’m not really your tattoo type girl, but this was really important to me. It was about taking another step in the freedom God granted me. And it was about giving myself a daily reminder that I am set free by Christ’s infinite love. Do you see it now?
I was reminded of the story of Lazarus, probably one of the most well-known names in the Bible. Not to spoil the story if you don’t know it, but Jesus raised him from the dead. That’s it, right out of the grave. Jesus loved Lazarus and arrives on the scene three days after Lazarus has died. Lazarus is in the tomb, wrapped in grave clothes, and Jesus yells, “Lazarus, come out!” And he did. He walked out of the tomb, grave clothes and all. The Bible says his hands and feet were bound and his face was covered. He was out of the tomb. He was alive. He wasn’t free.
Can you imagine trying to live with your hands and feet tied and your face covered? No? We do it every day. We wear cloths of fear binding our feet that keep us from stepping into what God wants for us. We wear cloths of idleness around our hands – we don’t know what to do, so we do nothing. There are those of us that wrap our hands with busyness, and we dont have time for the Lord or His freedom. Sometimes we cover our faces with a shroud of denial, refusing to see the truth that freedom is within reach. Jesus knew this was no way to live. So he told those standing by, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” He wanted more for Lazarus than to just be alive. He wanted him to be FREE. He wants us to be free, too. Take off those grave clothes and be free to live the life God intended.
For the whole story, read John 11:1-44.