“You are loosed from your infirmities”
Scripture For Meditation —John 11:41-44; John 12:9-11
And Then What?
We will end this week by looking at the concluding part of the story of Lazarus’s resurrection.
Joh 11:44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
I want us to zero in today, on the last sentence in the verse above.
Friend, we have talked about your bound hands, bound feet and covered face and how God has given the divine command to set you free as He did Lazarus. But as you will see in the above statement, the command concerning Lazarus was a two-part command; it didn’t just end at setting him free; there was also an accompanying command that was to follow his freedom — the consequence or purpose of him being set free:
Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Let him go where? Or Let him go do what?
The Story Continues…
The story of Lazarus continues in the next chapter:
Joh 12:9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.
Joh 12:10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,
Joh 12:11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.
What the enemy meant for evil, God turned around for His glory!
As Jesus had said earlier, Lazarus’s death was not unto death, but that through it, the glory of God might be demonstrated for all to see! Jesus had made a claim earlier that He was the resurrection and the life; a claim that was backed up by the miracle, a miracle that subsequently led many to believe in Jesus!
Lazarus was set free to go and be a walking signpost and living evidence of the power of the Son of God over death and the grave; that is why you also must be set free—to go and fulfil your destiny to be a glory-carrier! Friend, get ready; your testimony, the story of your turn around will cause many to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ!
But you must first be loosed! For when you are loosed, everything that your bound hands couldn’t do; everywhere that your bound feet couldn’t reach; everything that your covered face couldn’t comprehend, you are now enabled to accomplish!
Has He not said that if you believe, you will see the glory of the Lord?
Pastor Wale Ola
In order to properly pray today’s prayer, we need to fully understand what that command “Loose Him” really means:
The word “Loose” in its root sense means
• To do away with, to deprive of authority
• To declare unlawful
• Metaphorically, to overthrow
Our prayer today, will be to do away with every symbol of death that the enemy has attached to your life and destiny.
Pray that God will deprive of authority, any thing that has wound itself around you to disable you in anyway.
Declare to your situation, that because Christ has issued a supreme command to set you free, every band of bondage that seeks to hold you bound is hereby declared to be unlawful.
Overthrow in the name of Jesus, every strongman that the enemy has empowered to enforce an assignment of death in your life.