Jesus has called us His friend. Behold how He loves us! He came to us to awaken us from spiritual death by His power and Life. We have gone to our death and burial with Christ. Jesus commanded the stone be moved; He will allow nothing to hinder the salvation of those He loves. He has made us alive by the Word of His command. He has healed us, given us His Life, raised us and called us out of the tomb. He has seated us in the heavenly places with Him. He IS the Resurrection! And we are resurrected by Him, for Him and with Him. Our Master Jesus Christ is in control of death and Life. To Him be all the glory!

But what are these bothersome trappings presently covering us? Are we bound hand and foot with wrappings, our face wrapped around by a cloth? What good did all this do for anyone? It did not help cover up the reality of death. Perhaps it was only for the sake of religious tradition that we were so decked out for burial. But alive now in Christ, we cannot move or see Him, being so bound. All these wrappings hinder our relationship with Him! Jesus now issues the command that we be released from the bondage of the religious systems that bind us hand and foot. He wills that we see Him and Hear Him. He wills that we be able to walk, in order to ‘follow the Lamb wherever He goes’. He wills that we be able to lift our arms to put our hands to the plow. He wills that we be released from false doctrines and unprofitable traditions to pursue friendship with Him; to worship in Spirit and Truth. He comes against the religious bondage we are in and decrees that we be free indeed!

“Unbind him and let him go.”

Now we are seated at the table with Christ and His other friends, eating supper. But notice, the religious people are angry at this: “But the chief priests took counsel that they might put Lazarus to death also; because on account of him many of the Jews were going away, and were believing in Jesus.” John 12:10-11. Incredibly, the religious system does not approve of your resurrected Life. You have been released from their bondage and control. They are not happy for you. On account of you, the people may go away from them to believe in Jesus.