Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
John 11:43-44 NIV
Lazarus was dead. His body wrapped tightly in grave clothes and laid to rest. The world had already moved on, the end of the story already written. It was over.
But the story was not over for God.
Just when Mary and Martha thought that it was too late, Jesus came and did the most unexpected thing: he raised Lazarus from the dead. He had someone roll away the stone and then called him out.
In one of the most remarkable passages of scripture, Jesus speaks to death and it is defied. It is powerless before the commanding Word of the Son of God.
You may think that your story has already been written. That it is over. That where you are right now is where you will always be. That your usefulness, your marriage, your ministry, your job, your purpose, your hopes lay dead and lifeless at your feet.
Jesus still defies death. You may think the story is over but God doesn’t.
He will call life from where death prevails and unbind the grave clothes the cling.
He will call your name, remind you who you are and whose you are.
He will change the ending.
He will resurrect relationships, restore callings, redefine life as you know it and move you into the light.
The story of Lazarus is more than an example of a miracle, it is a proclamation of the power of Jesus to raise the dead and reminder to us today that all death means nothing in the light of his love.
When fear rises up to tell you that your story is already over, begin to loudly proclaim that in Christ your story has only just begun.