John 11:43-44 ” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ 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.’ “

Usual Jewish burial customs dictated that a corpse would be thoroughly washed & anointed with perfumes such as nard, myrrh, & aloes. The body would then be wrapped in a simple white shroud…the face covered with a special cloth out of honor & dignity…and the hands & feet tied with strips of linen. Rationally, a dead body can’t hear…but when Jesus shouted into that tomb it was the divine power of God’s voice that enabled life to return into Lazarus. The same is true of the spiritually dead when God’s call raises them to life. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But because of His great love for us, God, Who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Divinely, God’s voice can penetrate the dead tomb of our hearts, enabling us to hear, obey, & walk out of the grave into His glorious light.

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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