Unbind Them

Unbind Them

Author: The Rev. Dr. David Bridges, Priest
November 09, 2021

In the Gospel According to John at chapter 11 we find the story of the death and raising of Lazarus. Lazarus had been dead for four days and “surely stinks” (v.39). Jesus walks up to the tomb and says, “Take away the stone.” Jesus’ next words are, “Lazarus, come out!” Finally, He says, “Unbind him and let him go.”

I believe that call is for all of us: Take away the stone; come out; be unbound! You may feel that you are stuck in some kind of emotional, spiritual darkness. You may find it difficult to find joy or satisfaction in life.      Your relationships may be a train-wreck, and you don’t have any idea where your life is going.

These can be the “stones” keeping you in the tomb of emotional/spiritual darkness. It is time to roll away the stone and let the light of the real Christ in.

It is time to “come out” of the dark tomb that keeps you from living into the potential God gave you. Come out of the emotional/spiritual darkness that steals your energy, focus, and happiness. The light may appear blindingly-bright at first, but you can adjust to it, and be a better you through it.

It is time to “be unbound and set free” from fear, doubt, depression, anger, isolation, loneliness, false teaching, low self-esteem, and anything else that may be limiting your happiness. It is time to realize how valuable you are.

John 3:16 reads: “God loved the world so much that [God] gave the only-begotten Son, Jesus, so that everyone who believes in Him will not die, but live forever.” That includes you! I know, you may not believe it right now, but I can assure you God loves you.

So why do you feel so unloved? Our society is better at dragging people down than it is at lifting them up. Our religions are better at judging and separating people than bringing them together. Social media has given every form of anger and hatred a place to thrive.

If we, as a society, do not change the course of our actions, we will self-destruct thanks to our own faults; prejudice, divisions, hatred, selfishness. When we neglect our spiritual health we easily fall prey to any negative influence that comes along; and there are more than too many negative influences around us.

Give-up the fear that God may be angry with you. Give-up the negative influence of negative people. Give-up religious ideas that drive you away from God, and reach-out for the real truth, the real Jesus Christ, that invites you into a life of fullness, joy and peace. Claim your stake in the real life.

Blessings and Peace to You All,
Fr. David+


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