How did Lazarus live post-lockdown?
John 12 v1-2; 9-11; 17-19
- His home and life honoured Jesus.
“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honour. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.”
We are all in our homes now. It feels strange to be here all the time. We have an opportunity to fill our homes with honour to Jesus for who He is. You may think of many difficulties to that based on who lives with you. However just like they honoured Jesus for the life of Lazarus so you can at least become even more thankful for what you have. They prepared a table of thanksgiving to Jesus and we can also lay before Him in thought, mind and words the things that we are grateful for. Every day we can choose something or someone to be thankful for.
- He lived free of intimidation
“Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.”
People only fear what they have never faced.
When you have died once you are not afraid to die again.
The Christian has already surrendered their whole life to Jesus, all that we have and own we have laid it down and have taken up our cross and followed him. That is our position. We have no fear in death nor the threat of it.
What a very strange thing to threaten a man who has already died with?
Lazarus was not concerned with the threats.
The people who are least afraid today regarding covid-19 are Christians.
Lazarus is now a hardened soldier. When the enemy pressed in hard he did not fear.
Satan wants to keep you locked-down in your fear and discouragement. But Lazarus people are unstoppable. If the grave could not hold them then petty arguments or threats from others are not going to stop them. The only thing they fear is not doing the will of God. I am not speaking about arrogance or dictatorial people. These could look and still feel very vulnerable at times but when the heat is on they rise to be giants for God.
I believe what intimidated us before lock-down will not anymore hold us back.
- He lived for others
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
Large numbers of people were being impacted by his testimony. Even though Lazarus never preached he was a walking sermon. Satan wanted to keep Lazarus in lock-down for he knew the influence he would have if he was raised.
You were once locked-down. In your sin and misery of life. But Christ raised you to new life. Everything changed. No one can hold you back. So even now in the middle of a global crisis GO! Make a commitment to influence others. Be kind. Love. Serve. You made it now help others to get there too.