Alive Man Walking
The Walking Dead is a popular show about the zombie apocalypse and has caught fire by millions of viewers throughout the years. I even enjoyed it for a long time as well, but I no longer watch the show because it has lost its fire it once had for me. I had always wondered about the obsession that people had about zombies and I have finally come to the realization of why. A lot of people are a lot like a zombie where they are literally dead people walking, not physically but spiritually. There once was a man named Lazarus, friend of Jesus, risen from the dead by Jesus. Let’s dive into the miraculous situation that occurred that day. John 11: 38-44 tells us this: 38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 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.” Lazarus was dead but because of Jesus, he was able to be alive again and continue his purpose on earth.
There are many times we feel dead inside and have no hope and we think that we can’t do anything about it, but God can and sometimes we need others to lift us up in prayer as well. All we have to do is believe and the glory of God will be shown. I want to tell you that there is hope in all situations when you have Jesus on your side, so speak life to those dead situations in your life. I am referring to anything in your life that is not fruitful: your career, your love life, your purpose, your finances, your friendships, anything that is not productive for Jesus. Stop saying what you won’t have, stop saying what you can’t do, stop saying what always happens to you, and stop saying you don’t know. If you start saying that He Can, He will, and He is all knowing, those dead situations will be fully alive when you finally allow God to control them. Maybe you are just like Mary and Martha that stood outside the tomb of Lazarus and were weeping because they had just lost a loved one four days ago and they felt like there was no hope, but Jesus showed up and took that dead situation and made it alive again. Don’t wait on Jesus to show up in your life when times are tough, rely on him always and know that he is always there to help us in all situations.
You may feel that Jesus doesn’t know your pain and how you feel but Jesus does because he felt so much hurt for Mary and Martha that day that he too wept for them because of his compassion of love for them, even though he knew that he would resurrect Lazarus a few moments later. See, Jesus knows your hurt and weeps for you because he loves you and knows that if you would just put all your trust in him that you too will be risen from the dead and given new life. He hurt so much for you that he died on a cross, and rose the third day for you to accept him and be with him for eternity. He is my lifeline and when the flatline occurs in my life on earth, I am thankful that I know I will always be alive with him. If you want that too, then accept him and allow him to be that light in that dark time in your life right now and turn you from a dead man walking to an alive man waling. The ultimate truth is one day each one of us will die here on earth but we will only spend eternity in one of two places, Heaven or Hell. No one can make that decision for you, only you can. In all that we do may we honor Jesus, Amen.