So, today is Sunday and I thought we could journey through some part of scriptures together, understanding how the topic “LAZARUS: Mummified Humanity” is what it is. Oh! Before we get started, mummified humanity does not mean Lazarus. Okay, I guess we are good to go then.
Story from John 11. . .
Lazarus means “whom God helps” or “God has helped”. It is derived from Hebrew name, Eleazar. Again, we would be checking out how that works out with the topic today. The whole miraculous event that took place that day at Bethany could be used as a beautiful analogy to tell the heart of the Father towards mankind.
The death and resurrection of Lazarus very well explains the state of man, before and after the coming of Christ. Lazarus was very sick and he died, there was no drug or herbal stuff to help him get well. I’m very sure his caring sister, Mary and Martha, tried everything they knew to help him get well; this very well explains how the works of man can never help save or get well. NEVER!
Lazarus [man] was already beginning to experience separation from God which eventually happened that time when he finally knew who God was no more. He died to the love of the Father. He died to the beauty, face, glory and ways of the Father. He felt separation in His mind which thereafter affected his environment. He only knew darkness and experienced no God in the tomb. He DIED to life, eternal.
This passage showed how that Christ, came to the tomb where Lazarus [man] was buried. On getting there, His spirit was moved and He was troubled, for the people could not see who and what He has come to do for Lazarus [man], they could not tell what great lengths he can go for the one dear to him. And He wept. I say we are yet to understand how [tenderly] He loves us.
Like with Lazarus, the one who owns us [God, in Christ] came down to our tombs, deeply disquieted, he calls us out of our death into His life. I wonder how Lazarus, the dead guy, could hear His voice. No, it wasn’t Lazarus who did the work, it was the Father Jesus prayed to. Lazarus [man] wasn’t in the position to make the choice, the Father—daddy God—did the resurrection. Christ in His great love called man into the relationship of the Father’s life.
“And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins… “ – Eph 2:1
Jesus cried out with a loud voice “Lazarus [man], come forth” and Lazarus did, not because of his faith but because of the faith of the one calling. He was quickened, he was redeemed. Understanding this is salvation. It is on SEEING this that we believe [are persuaded] He is that Messiah sent from the Father, capable of salvation.
IN LAZARUS [in Thoughts]
Resurrected but wrapped in grave-clothes (linen strip) of opinions about who we think we are, we do not see a Father that has us in the embrace of His love, seeing us as Christ is. The vision of our understanding is blinded by a napkin, ignorant of what exactly has taken place and is taking place. LET HIM do the unveiling. He is not complaining. He is in love. Lazarus didn’t do it himself. In the end, we would see that as He is, so are we. It’s while the name is Lazarus – “God has helped” or “whom God helps”. At every step of the unveiling, there shall be a believing.
IN CHRIST [in Truth]
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)” – Eph 2:4-5
In Christ, all of man was quickened and called into life and the love of the Father. In Christ, all responded to the call when Christ resurrected. It wasn’t our doing, it was the Father’s act of love to rescue us from our perspective and thoughts of separation from him. We are in His arms, fresh and spotless. We left behind the grave-clothes as He did. We are as Jesus IS.
He has CALLED you out of your death into His life. This GREAT LOVE is worth knowing. You are in His arms of love and anointed with His tears of joy—of having you in His arms—as it rolls down his cheeks to the crown of your head. This who you are, this is where you are.
I pray that the eyes of our understanding may be enlightened, that we should know who we are and see how blessed we are. Amen. Have a wonderful day and week 😀
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