come out here


John 11:41-44

41 That was why they lifted the stone. Then Jesus lifted his eyes up and said, “Father, I am giving thanks to you because you have heard me.

42 But I know that you always hear me, instead – because of the crowd standing around here I said this, so that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 After he said this, he screamed with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out here!”

44 The dead man came out with the feet and the hands tied with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

come out here

Jesus’ command to Lazarus (δεῦρο ἔξω) was for him to come out of that tomb, and join the crowd outside. He did not command Lazarus to come down (καταβαίνω or κατέρχομαι). He was sleeping in that tomb, and was woken up by his Savior. He was unconscious before the words of Christ brought him back to life. Such is the case of all the dead. Our hope is not death, but rescue from death.

Lord, we who are alive await your word to transform us. Those who are asleep await the same word.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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