What Jesus Did! 'Let Him Go!' — John 11:43-44

Sunday, August 12, 2018

After Jesus said this he called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man (Lazarus) came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with pieces of cloth. He had a handkerchief covering his face. Jesus said to the people, "Take the cloth off of him and let him go."
— John 11:43-44 NLT
Illustration of John 11:43-44 NLT — "Lazarus, come out!"   ——   "Take the cloth off of him and let him go."

Key Thought

I love Jesus' words, "Unwrap him and let him go!" Death cannot bind him anymore, so don't let his grave clothes bind him either! Think of the power of this statement! One day, Jesus will speak our name, call us to himself, and forbid death to bind us. Lazarus is the great example of what we anticipate—receiving back those who have died and gone before us and receiving our call to be set free from the demands of a mortal body. Lazarus is the great reminder that we are free from the power of death to hold us captive!

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, the Father of all that lives, thank you for giving us back what we throw away with sin. Thank you for the assurance that I will be united with those that I love who have died in faith. Thank you for the assurance that death cannot hold me captive. In Jesus' mighty name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 2:14-15
  • 1 Corinthians 15:53-58
  • John 5:25-28


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.