A thought by Mark Batterson (2014-09-02) from his book, The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible. (p234). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
We look at life and something happens and we think that life as we know it is over. It could be a lost job, a divorce, a sickness, a decision, a sin, a death and we think it’s over. In this story that Mark is looking at in this section, the story of Jesus friend, Lazarus’ death “that’s precisely how Mary and Martha felt. Their brother was gone for good. And their lives as they knew them were over.” But Jesus finally comes and He brings Lazarus out of that tomb alive. He gave Him back his life. Jesus was truly The Grave Robber.
Now Mark says, “This miracle doesn’t just foreshadow Jesus’ own resurrection. It foreshadows yours! It’s not just something Jesus did for Lazarus. It’s a snapshot of what Jesus wants to do in your life right here, right now. When we sin, it’s like the enemy of our soul wraps us up in grave clothes. Sin buries us alive and makes a mummy out of us. We become a shadow of the person we were meant to be. And if you keep on sinning, it’ll weigh you down like a hundred pounds of grave clothes. But Jesus is calling you out of your tomb.”
Yes we mess up, yes we sin and their are consequences but your life is not over until God says it’s over. You still have a chance. You still have an opportunity to make something of your life. You see, “Jesus came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10. Yes you may have blown it but it’s not over yet. Today is your day to let Him have your life.
This life as we know it is not the end. There is more to it than this but you must give yourself over to Him. Just ask Him. Just say yes to Him. Just come to Him. Just believe in Him.
Jesus came to that tomb and He called out to Lazarus to come out. And He is calling out your name today. As Marks says, “He’s calling you out of sin. He’s calling you out of death. He’s calling you out of your tomb.”
Are you going to answer His call today?