38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
Today has been an amazing day filled with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration as well as an awakening of sorts to a message that the Lord gave me about a year and a half ago. My friend Lexy was there the night that I first received this message from the Holy Spirit about “Taking off the grave clothes” her and I were talking about life and God and so many things that friends in Christ like to talk about and the Holy Spirit just gave me the message about what it means to be raised to life from the grave and what it means to be raised to life in Christ and what it means to walk in freedom and the first step in walking out that freedom is to take off the grave clothes. Bear with me for a moment as I share this message.
Lazarus represents us in a lot of ways in the sense of that being raised to life and what it means to be born again from death to life in Christ. When we are raised to life in Christ we have to let Jesus break off our clothes of death so that we can walk in the freedom and new life that He has called us to walk in. Jesus wanted Lazarus to be freed and let go so he could walk in freedom, in the same way He wants us to be free from our clothes of death of our former lives before Him so that we can bring Him glory and honor to Him and walk in true freedom. However what I was convicted of today in my heart is how many people have their grave clothes loosened by Christ but they still wear the clothes of death of their former lives before Christ. They still walk around as if their identity is not in Christ but in the former things of the past and they still wear those clothes.
In addressing the next scripture I posted, it has to do with God breaking chains. in the same way that Christ came to give us freedom from the clothes of death that once bound us and kept us in the grave so He has come to break the chains of the things that once bound us up. Jesus breaks chains and He has broken every chain by what He did on the cross and He can and still does break chains today, however in the same way that there are people still adorning themselves in their clothes of death so people are adorning themselves with the chains of their past as if they are still bound by the chains. It’s as if their identities of the former things in the flesh are so connected to them that the idea of freedom is not truly realized.
Jesus came to set the captives free and like it says in Isaiah Christ came to do just that and He did and as a result He bestows upon each of His children a crown of beauty and a garment of praise, He calls us righteous and planted like oaks to display the splendor of God. How then can we do that unless we totally surrender our grave clothes and chains, the ashes of our former lives totally surrendered to Him to receive the name of “Righteous” “Child of God” “Beautiful” and “Set free”? We can’t unless we do just that. What Christ has to offer in Him and His freedom is so much greater. He offers clothes of righteousness and purity, clothes of freedom and when we fill ourselves daily with His Holy Spirit we operate in complete freedom and liberty because where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty and freedom.
As a person who speaks from experience here I was at that place once where I walked around with the clothes of my former identity still on and the chains of my identity as a cutter who was always going to be depressed. But Jesus set me free of that identity and He gave me a new identity in calling me a child of God. He brought me out of my dark place of death and the grave and I gave Him my grave clothes and chains and I walk in the freedom of His Holy Spirit and as a result what Christ does in and through me is beautiful. So has he freed you? He already has by what He did on the cross for you, your choice and call is to walk in that freedom that HE has already given you, He’s called you out of that darkness and into His light, He has even loosened your grave clothes and broken your chains, your call is to take the clothes off and to let the chains fall off and clothe yourself in the identity that Christ has given you.
Just my insight for the day. Just what I believe the Lord was laying on my heart.
May the God who sees you and me bless you with His Spirit of Grace and peace and complete freedom,