John 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Well, here we are at the close of another year that we were blessed with. This passage that I am sharing with you comes from my initial sermon from 2007. It’s titled Take Off Your Dead Clothes. The story is of the death of Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead. While this miracle is very important as all of the miracles of Our Lord and Savior, the point I focused on was the fact that, once Lazarus was raised, he commanded them to remove the clothes that he was buried in. In other words, Jesus told them to take off his dead clothes. This point means a lot to me more than when I first uttered them that day back in 2007.
What did Jesus mean when he told them to take off his dead clothes? What does that mean to you? What does it mean to me? Well, I can’t speak for you but I can give you a synopsis of what I get from this passage. To me, it means that what ever you have been delivered from, what ever has “killed you” in this past year, now is the time to remove them from your person. Now, is the time to strip yourself of all of the dead weight that had you stagnant. Now, is the time to get naked before God Himself to come go into 2011 dead clothes-free. If you’ve looked at this blog at anytime this year, you have read some things that have been on my mind as far as who I am and who I’m struggling to be. Well, for this Preacher, I need to strip myself of all of this mess that, admittedly, I helped to create and the other mess that I was brought into. Let’s be honest, we all have some things that we could have done better this year (raising both my hands). This coming year, let’s release all of it and start fresh. That’s my plan. I pray that it’s yours as well. Have a great new year.
Until Next Time…