Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Gravecloth Unbinders Profession

I'm sure you know the Scriptural accounting of Jesus raising His friend, Lazarus, from the grave after he had been dead 3 days.  I love reading this portion of Scripture in John, chapter eleven, as there is so much to be gleaned from it.

I believe one of the main job descriptions of the Body of Christ is mentioned in John's account of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  One that very few of us take seriously, but is so immensely important for Believers to be able to walk in the freedom that Jesus died to give us.
Now, when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"  And he who died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.  Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go".  (John 11:43-44)
We are to be gravecloth unbinders.

After Jesus works a miracle by bringing Lazarus back from death, He turns to the Believers around Him and commands them to unbind Lazarus from his graveclothes.  At this point, Lazarus is alive again.  Alive, but not free, because he is still bound. Jesus did not do the unbinding of the one He loved. He gave that privilege to the Believers.  We are the ones that are to help unbind fellow Believers in Christ from the bandages in their lives.

A Christian you know desires to be free
Why are so many Christians struggling with addictions of all types?  Why are so many depressed?  Why are so many still living with one foot in God's Kingdom and one foot in the world?  Why, if Jesus came to give us abundant life, are so many in the Body of Christ so lifeless and joyless?  Why are so many locked in unforgiveness and bitteness?  Why, if Jesus set us free, are we still not free?  Because we are mummified - alive, but yet bound and preserved as if dead.  Jesus' miracle of salvation was wrought in our lives, but we, like Lazarus was, can still be bound.  

It is our responsibility to unbind each other from the things that still confine us to this world or to our past.  In my early years as a Believer, I had salvation, but I was still very bound from things in my BC years (Before Christ).  Through the compassion and faith of other Believers, I was healed of open wounds from traumatic childhood experiences and the deep scars that sexual abuse left on my soul. I was delivered from fear, anger, lying, self loathing, and unlove; freed from the ravages that pornography in my family caused upon my young life; delivered from the affects my father's role in Freemasonry had on my life.  Jesus did the healing and delivering, but through faithful Believers who understood the power that was theirs in reaching out to free me from my graveclothes.  The greatest parts of my personal testimony are the ones where the layers upon layers of gravecloths were unraveled from my soul.  I am who I am today, because of caring Christians that dared to believe I could be set free.

You can help them go from bound to free
I encourage you today, if you know a Believer who is still bound, start praying for them and then act, as The Lord so leads you.  If you are a Believer who is still bound from things in your past, start asking your Heavenly Father to have other Believers help you remove your graveclothes. Miracles will happen and you will be able to say, "I am free indeed!" (John 8:36)  Hallelujah!

Because of Him and Unto Him


wordglow said...

Diane, I never thought of that before from that verse, that Jesus asked the believers to unbind Lazarus. I love that - and not just for believers, but in interceding for those who don't believe yet, that they would be loosed from the chains that bind... Thanks for the insight!

Diane said...

Praise God, Pam! Thank you for taking the time to comment!