Do You Need An Outfit Change?

Sep 25, 2010
Do You Need An Outfit Change?

By: Andrea Macie           

John 11:39"Roll the stone aside,"Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man's sister, said, "Lord, by now the smell will be terrible because he has been dead for four days." 40Jesus responded, "Didn't I tell you that you will 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 they will believe you sent me." 43 Then Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 And Lazarus came out, bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!" 45 Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen.

Here we see the story of Jesus raising His friend Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was very close with this man and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. For the purpose of this study I want you to focus on what happened after Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb. In verse 44 it says that Lazarus came out of the tomb, but he was still bound in the grave clothes. Imagine Lazarus looking very similar to a mummy stumbling out of the grave. You see Lazarus was made alive though Christ, but he was still “bound up” with the grave clothes. Jesus had to command Lazarus to be unwrapped. I want to compare this story of Lazarus to our own lives. Sometimes we can be made alive through Christ, but still be bound in our grave clothes. Our insides have been renewed, our spirit been made new, but we can still be wrapped up in the old problems of fear, habits, shame, low self-esteem, past hurts or abuse, addictions, just to name a few. These things can keep us tied up and prevent us from totally living free and able to live out an effective life for God.

Once you let Jesus into your life, take it one step further and let Him change your clothes for you. This is something we cannot do ourselves (Is 64:6, Phil 3:9 & Titus 3:5). Let Him take off your filthy rags, or unwrap your grave clothes, so that He can adorn you in new robes. Let Him make the outside match the beauty of the work that He has done inside. Notice in verse 39 that the dead man’s sister, Martha, was doubting that a miracle could take place because Lazarus had been dead for several days. Jesus responded to her to “just believe”. In verse 41 Jesus put His eyes on the Father, and not on the “dead” situation. He started with thanks and faith in God to hear His prayer. In verse 43 Jesus used His voice to make a change. It says he shouted! So just look to the Father, believe that He hears your prayer and use your voice to speak over anything that has kept you in bondage.

See also Zechariah 3:1-5, which another example from the Bible of someone’s clothes being changed.1Then the angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD. Satan was there at the angel's right hand, accusing Jeshua of many things. 2And the LORD said to Satan, "I, the LORD, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from a fire." 3 Jeshua's clothing was filthy as he stood there before the angel. 4 So the angel said to the others standing there, "Take off his filthy clothes." And turning to Jeshua he said, "See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes." 5 Then I said, "Please, could he also have a clean turban on his head?" So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the LORD stood by.

 In this passage, the prophet Zechariah has a vision of Joshua (one of the great leaders of Israel) standing before the Lord and Satan. Joshua is dressed in filthy garments. In the presence of the enemy, God commands the filthy rags to be taken away and replaced with rich robes. The Lord says to Joshua in verse 4, “See, I have removed your iniquity [sin] from you and I will clothe you in rich robes”.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says:“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

Isaiah 61:10 says, “I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.

All scripture references taken from the New Living Translation(NLT).

 

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