When Jesus cries out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” we see his commanding authority and power. So great is Jesus’ power that Lazarus is not required to wait for the day of resurrection as Martha assumed (John 11:24). His resurrection is immediate and complete. No waiting around, no reconciling the moral debits and credits of his life! Jesus summons Lazarus because he loves him and his sisters, and acts with astonishing power and grace. All he has to do is say these three words and the dead man walks.
So when you stand by that open grave of someone you love, or when you sense that your time has come, remember these words: “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live.” All we need are those words of invitation and promise from Jesus, “Come out!”
Spirit of God, give us a firm confidence in your resurrection power and help us hold fast, so that when we are called from this earthly life, we may pass peacefully into your presence. Amen.
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