What was it like to be Lazarus? What went through his mind as he walked out of the tomb? We can only imagine what he must have thought. His final days were, no doubt, painful. He had no expectation of resurrection. He had descended, as every person must, into the depths. He had experienced the process of passing from life to death. He had seen his loved ones weep and thrash and wail as the light left his eyes. But now, his eyes beheld Jesus.
All hail Christ, the death killer! Just as the morning sun “renews” the”whole world” each day, so Christ brings us back from our sleeping, our eternal slumber. Jonathan Edwards saw the spiritual in the physical, and took great comfort
from what he observed. So may we. We do not worship a God who only set up a working creation, thankful as we are for it. We worship a God who breaks in to our realm. We follow a Savior who interrupts our deathward spiral. He feels no need to stay apart and stand back. He enters our nightmare, he goes right to the door of the tomb, and he commands us to come forth.
It isn’t Christ who must obey the world; it is the world, and everyone in it, who must obey him. We know in part what Lazarus experienced, for we too have tasted bitter, painful days. We have descended, day by awful day, into the depths. We have been without hope, with no one able to rescue us. But then Jesus came to the door of the tomb and summoned us. He called,”Come out!” and out we came. Today, we live as once-dead, now-alive people.
God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
-Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 286.