Just last week, he awoke hearing that familiar voice calling his name. Bound by death-wrap in a cold tomb, he obeyed his Master by getting up and waiting for someone to unwrap him. What had just happened? I wonder what Lazarus remembered (?did he remember he died) what did he think about finding himself one minute on his deathbed and the next, standing while his loved ones unwrapped him? Can’t wait to talk to him about that experience!
Now alive, he finds himself sitting at the table with Jesus. Just a normal dinner; He had probably eaten with them many times as Lazarus is identified in the Bible as being loved by Jesus. I must laugh. This occasion had to be anything but normal. Sick. Dead. Body wrapped in a tomb. Over. The voice. Awake. Alive. Out. Now…sitting at a table with the One who called Him back to life. Can you imagine?
No wonder Mary had to break out her best bottle of fragrance to anoint Jesus. That kind of gratefulness for what Jesus had recently done for her family required a major display of gratitude. I imagine she just had to do something to show Him what was in her heart.
Jesus has done the same for us, in a way. We were walking dead, perhaps with no hope, little happiness, getting through this life as best we could then He came to us and changed us. Perhaps we were wrapped in the death-wrap of some addiction, chronic bad lifestyles or haunted by life-stealing horrible memories and never-ending pain when we heard ‘The Voice’, saw His face and became alive…really alive for the very first time. If you haven’t had that experience, you can by simply calling His name to save you. Believe me I know. Jesus has changed everything for me, and continues to, every day of my life.
Let Jesus give you a “dinner to remember” today.