John 11 tells the story of a friend of Jesus named Lazarus. The story begins by telling us that Lazarus is sick and his family calls Jesus to come, but Jesus doesn’t come right away and Lazarus dies. A few days later Jesus arrives, goes to the tomb where Lazarus is laid, and calls out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” – and he does. Fully alive. Resurrected. Given New Life.
Several weeks ago I was invited to participate in an online group called The Lazarus Experiment which posed the question, “Do you think Lazarus lived the same way after his resurrection experience as he did before? How do you think his life changed?” Then we were challenged to live our own lives as Lazarus would have when given his New Life – because, after all, we, too, are a resurrected people given New Life. The daily devotions and stories that generated out of that group were amazing, wonderful, inspiring, and challenging.
So I ask you – how would you be changed if you were given a new lease on life? A new opportunity to tell people you love them, to apologize for things you should have apologized for but pride got in your way, to hug those around you and not let go, to do all the things you keep saying you are going to get around to one day but never do, to stop worrying about what other people think and follow your heart, to tell people about Jesus and the New Life He offers? What do you think Lazarus would have done when he came out of that tomb? I bet he told everyone he knew and anyone else that would listen about what Jesus Christ had done for him. Will you do the same? I hope so. That’s my new challenge, to think like Laz and ask myself regularly, “What would Laz do?”
To learn more, read:
- John 11
- Ephesians 2
- 1 Corinthians 15
“I Am the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26