Are you awake, or are you asleep?
Are you standing next to Jesus, in the light of day, with the shroud of death in tatters behind you?
Or, is the person you could be, buried somewhere inside—unconscious? Can you smell it? Can you sense the rottenness within: the fear that it is too late for the mummified specter of “all you could have been” hiding in garments of death, in the cold tomb of your soul?
“Wake up!” Jesus calls. “Come out here!”
He is calling.
Christ had no concern for the physical death of Lazarus. In this as in all things; Jesus only spoke truth—for He IS truth. Christ had no concern over the dead body of Lazarus—but He had every concern for waking Lazarus up—for calling him into life; now; in this moment; in this place and time. He did not call him to physical life; just to die a physical death later. He called him to wake up and live!
He is calling you. Can you hear it? Does his voice sound distant and muffled? If so, it is because He calls not to you; but to who you could be—the one you know lies dormant within, “Wake up and live!”
Come out of the tomb! Break free of the death that surrounds you! See your household rejoice. See your community celebrate. Watch the events of your new life unfold with the wakeful eyes of someone who has risen from the dead.