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

Jesus made Lazarus’ friends participants in his restoration by asking them to help free Lazarus from his grave clothes. Jesus has raised each and every one of us from the dead. Like Lazarus we all need a little help getting free from the grave clothes of the past. The focus should not be on the sin we are leaving behind, but on the Lord we are following and the people we are becoming. Time to shed some grave clothes!

Lord, help me loosen another’s grave clothes, and thanks for sending friends to loosen mine.