“Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
The story of Lazarus reminds me of the current generation. In the story in John, Lazarus had been dead for four days, there was obviously nothing Lazarus could do about his circumstances. Lazarus is a picture of all mankind, hopelessly dead in their sins until they hear the words of Jesus, “Come forth!” At the Lord’s command we come out of the darkness which is the horrible tomb of our sin and depravity. We are brought out into the light of His glorious day. When that begins to happen, we begin to experience the power of the Resurrection in our lives. We are no longer dead, we have been made alive by the power of God.
Matthew Henry points out the hopeless condition Lazarus was in when he was lying dead in the tomb. He says that in the same way, all of us were lying dead in our dark lives until the voice of God sent resurrection power into our souls. Check out Henry’s comments on this passage.
“This is typical of other works of wonder, and particularly other resurrections, which the power of Christ was to effect. This loud call was a figure, First, Of the gospel call, by which dead souls were to be brought out of the grave of sin, which resurrection Christ had formerly spoken of, and of his word as the means of it, and now he gives a specimen of it. By his word, he saith to souls, Live, yea, he saith to them, Live. Arise from the dead. The spirit of life from God entered into those that had been dead and dry bones, when Ezekiel prophesied over them. Those who infer from the commands of the word to turn and live that man has a power of his own to convert and regenerate himself might as well infer from this call to Lazarus that he had a power to raise himself to life.”
Christians also need an infusing of this Resurrection power of God into their lives. This power not only awakens us, but it also quickens and sustains us daily as we learn to receive from Him. Many times we have a religious belief in the power of God but are not experiencing that power today. Like Martha in John 11, she said that she believed in the resurrection in the future. She sounds like so many Christians today. “I believe in the coming of the Lord”, but they have none of His power working in their lives today. Jesus told her He is the Resurrection. He is the Resurrection right now. His power is available now. We, like Lazarus, can begin to experience the power of God today in this life. We don’t have to wait until the end of the age. This is the time of the final outpouring before the coming of the Lord. He is crying to this generation, “Come out of your graves, receive Resurrection power. I am the Resurrection and the life”. The Lord is moving in this next generation, maybe it should be called the Lazarus generation. Listen, I think He is calling your name.