Pella Chronicle


July 24, 2013

Dead or alive


Pella —

Then Jesus said, “Unbind him and let him go!” (vs 44)  Lazarus was alive again, but he was still bound head to feet with burial wrappings and couldn’t free himself!  We can also be bound by the grave clothes of our old life of sin.  We must allow others to get close enough to us to tear away at our sin wrappings!  We must decide to walk free of them in the new life Jesus provided!  Romans chapter 6 says we can walk in this “newness of life” as we “consider ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God!”  In other words, we must stop living like we’re dead and start living by faith like the new people we already are!
Finally, Lazarus was a testimony to others around him.  Lazarus was living proof that Jesus can turn sadness into joy, a funeral into a celebration, and a decaying life into a fruitful one!  When people see dead men walking, it gets their attention!  If you have asked Jesus to give you a new life, you are a walking miracle!  And God is in the process of making you a trophy of His wonderful grace, a demonstration of what He can do with a dead-end life!  Think about this:  You are also the most effective evangelism tool God has at His disposal! 

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