Devotions for March 19, 2014

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John 11:38-44

38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”

40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Were you dead to your sins, just as Lazarus was dead in the tomb? Has Christ raise you from that and brought you into new life him? Do you have a hard time leaving what has died in the tomb? Do you try and carry it with you?

Q: Verse 44 tells us that Lazarus was bound by graveclothes. What are your graveclothes? What still binds you? What is holding you back from walking away from your old life? Do you still carry a stench of death with you? Or are you proclaiming your resurrection?

Q: Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, but it was Lazarus’ friends and family that removed the graveclothes. Who have you surrounded yourself with to help you remove those things that bind you? Are they people who can help you see the bondage? Or are they people who only make it harder to find freedom?

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