Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saturday in Lent 5

John 11:28-44
v. 44 Jesus said to them, "Unbind him and let him go."

The raising of Lazarus is an emotionally powerful and moving story. Jesus himself is said to be "deeply moved," and weeps openly. Then there is Jesus' simple but electrifying command, "Lazarus, come out!"

The words above end the story, somewhat abruptly, "Unbind him and let him go." I have always found these the most moving words of all in the story. I think this is because I have always heard them in a much broader context. This is what Jesus wants for each and every one of us, to be free of whatever binds us.

This is our resurrection in the here and now. We are all bound up by something, either something thrust upon us or something of our own making. There is some way in which we are not free. Jesus comes and offers to unbind us, if we will but believe in his power to do so. There isn't anything that is binding us of which we cannot be free in the power of his love.

The freedom is spiritual in nature. We may not be set free from the literal thing that binds us: an illness, a relationship or some other circumstance of life. But the thing can no longer control us, no longer determines the health of our spirit. No longer can it keep us sealed in a tomb of despair or anger.

How do you need to let Jesus unbind you?

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