What do you do with someone who’s been raised from the dead? If you’re the chief priests, you make plans to deal with him. That’s what happened with Lazarus.
“Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. A large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.” John 12:1, 9-11
Lazarus had a story to tell. “I was dead, and now I’m alive!” I love the phrase “on account of him.” Many were putting their faith in Jesus because of Lazarus. But he was dead. He had a story to tell. What could I possibly have that would draw people to Jesus “on account of me?”
I too was dead, and now I’m alive.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
Do I live so “fully alive” that it’s obvious to all the “walking dead” people around me that I’ve been “raised from the dead” too? Does the resurrected life so powerfully shine through me that “on account of me” many put their faith in Christ?
The other thing that happens when someone has been raised from the dead is the other “walking dead” people try and put them in the grave again. Their resurrected life becomes a threat to the comfort of the dead way they are content to “live.”
What can God do “on account of” the resurrected life I live?
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