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He Is Risen! Take off the Grave Clothes!

The holy holiday of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday means so much more than what the sales media would like us to think. The Easter bunny is cute, but it can’t save you, easter chicks are adorable, but they can’t save you. Everyone loves chocolate, but it can’t save you. This most eventful and world changing time in history was meant to save the souls of lost people. Why is it that no one seems to care about their eternal life? This is not a theory or someone’s idea of a religion, this is God’s love message to the world. He calls us to take off our grave clothes, quit walking around like the zombies we see portrayed on t.v. Put on a robe of righteousness and know that Christ’s death was meant to give us all life. If you don’t believe this, read the Bible and find out for yourself. God’s Word is alive and sharper than any two edged sword. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jn. 3:16. This is the whole story behind the Bible.

He Is Risen! Take off the Grave Clothes!
Ron Edmondson

When He had said this Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:43-44 NIV

This event triggered the Pharisees to crucify Jesus. Lazarus had been dead four days. Jewish tradition prompted the family to bury soon after death, but the Jews also believed the spirit hovered over the dead body for up to three days. This time too had passed. Lazarus was a fully dead man! It was a real miracle to bring him back to life, and this was too much for the Pharisees. What the Pharisees underestimated was that this power would continue to be exhibited in the life of Christians for thousands of years to come. If you are a child of God, you have been brought from death unto life.

Jesus had raised Lazarus from the grave. We should love the story because it shows the power of the Savior. We can know that if He can raise the dead to life, we can trust Him to help us make our house payment or whatever struggles our life may hold. We need to remember that today. Since Jesus has power over death, is there anything in your life that He can’t handle?

Jesus came to give us life! Jesus told Lazarus to take off His grave clothes, to quit “living” like he was dead. Shouldn’t we do the same thing? Have you received Christ as your Savior? Is your name recorded in Heaven as a child of God? Have the angels sung “Glory” over your salvation? Have you personally, without reservation, believed that Jesus died for your sins, and that the only way you will enter Heaven is through the grace of His shed blood on the cross?

Well, TAKE OFF YOUR GRAVE CLOTHES! Quit “living” among the dead. Look alive! Jesus saved you by grace, through faith, not unto death, but unto life! Shouldn’t that make a noticeable difference in your life today? SO LIVE! Don’t let this world steal your joy. Don’t let Satan rob you of your peace. Stop worrying over tomorrow. Start living!

Take off your grave clothes and LIVE!

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