John 12:10-11

But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

We sometimes reach places in life were we are seemingly surrounded by darkness on all sides. The fun and excitement is gone and it seems we are shut up, all alone, in a tomb of death as Lazarus had been. Had there been one breath of life in that tomb Lazarus still could not have done anything to help himself because he was so tightly bound in grave clothes. Like Lazarus, it sometimes seems that we can’t get anywhere and nothing we touch works out for us. We have all been there when we wonder if even our companion understands and why they aren’t helping us.

The above passage of scripture takes place after Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus was Jesus’ friend whom Jesus loved. Yet Jesus allowed Lazarus to die and lie in the grave four days before Jesus came to him. Lazarus was not only dead but he stank according to scripture. It appeared there was no hope left in the situation. 

We often think about this story from Jesus’ perspective but how about from Lazarus perspective? How awesome Jesus appeared when He raised Lazarus from the dead. But what about Lazarus? What was in the deal for him? 

While Lazarus is not mentioned in the bible after this, tradition and history says that Lazarus later had to flee to Cyprus because of plots on his life and there was made a bishop over the church by Paul and Barnabas. Scripture does say that many believed on Jesus because of Lazarus.

When we are in a tomb of death, bound tightly by grave clothes, we can rest upon the fact that God is bringing something to birth that will glorify Him. Lazarus was propelled into the purpose of his life as he went through the tomb of death. Lazarus’ experience of death was used the rest of his life to bring peace, comfort and hope to those who were hurting. 

Don’t despair and quit today. As the seed of life is planted in the womb and grows to the point of being birthed, so God will use our tomb of darkness to propel us into the purpose of our life as we lean on Him in dependence and trust.

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