“Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.” (John 11:44b)
Lazarus comes out of the tomb, alive again. Jesus calls for Mary and Martha to go to him and remove the burial bandages, tangled around him. Jesus was telling his sisters to remove the remnants of death from him. Likewise, Jesus wants to bring us back to life, by unbinding the dead parts of our life, and resurrecting us to a deeper wholeness.
It isn’t just the prostitute, who needs to turn her/his life around. It isn’t just the crackhead who needs to have the dead parts of their lives unbound. It isn’t just the teenager who feels suicide is the only avenue left his/her life, who needs to be resurrected. Each one of us sins, and silently cries out to have those parts of ourselves healed.
It isn’t just Lazarus who rejoices in being brought back to life again. Our sins chip away pieces of our soul. It feels like parts of our soul is dead. Then, amidst our overwhelming guilt and despair, the grace of God saves us. We walk out of the darkness, stumbling back into life, not unlike Lazarus. God brings us life, because God loves us as much as Jesus loved Lazarus. With each gash our soul takes, God weeps.
Take a few minutes today, and offer God your prayers of confession. Do not feel horrible. Each of us needs to offer this prayer. All of us have damaged our soul through sin. As we offer our confession, God is restoring our soul. It is always God’s intention to resurrect and restore us. God, through Jesus, resurrected Lazarus all those years ago. God has been resurrecting souls ever since, and even today. God restores you today. Accept it. Trust it. Rejoice in it, now and always.