“Lazarus, come forth!” Jesus cried with a loud voice. Lazarus, who had died four days ago, came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes. His face was wrapped, too. Jesus then declared, “Loose him, and let him go!” Lazarus was set free, fully restored. His resurrection would cause many Jews to believe that Jesus was truly the Messiah.
Lazarus’ story is a wonderful analogy of what God is doing in the body of Christ in this hour. He’s removing the grave clothes that have had us bound and and He is wrapping His glory around us. The grave clothes that had our life bound in 2014 and in previous times is coming off — layer by layer. The burdens and the weariness brought on by tests and trials are being unraveled by God’s grace and His love for us.
A few days after Lazarus had died, the Lord came to see his sisters Mary and Martha. Mary fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Mary had spent enough time with Jesus to know that He would have healed Lazarus. When Jesus first heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed an additional two days in the place where he was. The delay wasn’t to cause the sisters greater pain, but to reveal a greater supply of God’s grace. When Jesus raised Lazarus, he showed the sisters and the Jews that He was “The Resurrection and the Life”, which was a far greater revelation then God as healer.
In 2015, God wants to reveal himself to us in a greater way. We cannot possibly know all the facets of God’s character and being. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus had an intimate relationship with Jesus. They had broken bread together. Mary used her hair to wipe Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil. Yet in spite of these experiences, she and her siblings still didn’t fully know the Lord. Jesus had more to reveal.
This is the Year of Visitation, Manifestation, and Demonstration. In 2015 expect God to move in your life in unexpected ways and to reveal new facets of His being to you. God desires greater intimacy with His children. He is calling us to friendship and sonship, therefore we must be wrapped up in His glory. The grave clothes must come off. Scripture says, “Darkness as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.” (Isaiah 60:2). We are not meant to stay in the grave. We are destined to show forth His glory.