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Daily Reading: 25th January 2015

John 11.38-40 cont.

38 Then again Jesus being deeply moved within Himself, came to the tomb, which was a cave, and a stone was laying on it.

39 Jesus said: “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the one who had died, said to Him: “Lord, he will stink for he has already been dead for four days.”

40 Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you should believe you will see the glory of God?”

Lazarus had been buried in a cave. From this we can probably assume that Lazarus and his sisters were relatively wealthy, since most people, being poor, would have been buried in the ground. The poor would not have been able to afford the price of a cave in which to bury their dead. Another indication of their wealth was that it was Mary who was to pour expensive ointment over the feet of Jesus.

Jesus came into the world to save all people, regardless of our wealth or lack of it, irrespective of what position or occupation we may have in life. He came to save us all.

We are all sinners, Monarchs, politicians, people of high standing, or the lowliest of people, all of us are sinners in need of saving. All of us are worthy only of the wages of sin, which is death. God’s word tells us: For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard – Romans 3.23 (NLT).

The entrance to these tombs was either from above, or from the side.

It is said that there is a tomb that is known as the tomb where Lazarus was buried. The entrance to this tomb is from above, and it has twenty-six steps going down into the tomb. The words: and a stone was laying across it, could suggest that the entrance to the tomb where Lazarus was buried was from above, but there is no certainty about this.

The reality is that for Jesus the tomb presents no barrier. We know that Jesus was placed in a tomb and the entrance was sealed, which means nobody from the inside could get out, entrance could only be gained from the outside. Lazarus was sealed in a tomb, cut off from the outside world.

For many people they are in a tomb of their own making, a tomb that is sealed so that it seems impossible for them to come out of the tomb of sin. This is true, because it is only by the great grace of God who sent Jesus into the world so that He could break the seal, cancel our sin and deliver us out of darkness into His wonderful light.

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