Sunday, October 30, 2016
“And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:43,44 KJV).
Now, compare this with Jesus’ resurrected body!
“Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself” (John 20:6,7). Jesus had vanished within those clothes! When He called Lazarus out of his burial cave, Lazarus was still wearing grave clothes. Lazarus actually came hopping, bound, and needing someone to loose him; yet, Jesus’ burial clothes remained in His tomb. What exactly was going on?
There is a difference between simply being raised from the dead, and being resurrected. Lazarus, the son of the widow of Nain, Jairus’ daughter, and others were raised from the dead, but they died again. However, Jesus was resurrected, never to die again. Hence, Jesus had a (resurrected) body quite different from Lazarus’ (raised) body.
Comparing Lazarus’ raised body with Christ’s resurrected body, we see similarities and differences. Both were physical bodies that could eat physical food and be touched by physical hands (John 11:1,2; John 20:17; Luke 24:37-43). But, Jesus’ body passed through His burial clothes. Those clothes lay in the grave just as they had buried Him! His resurrected body had an amazing structure, one far beyond the grasp of our puny minds. In fact, Jesus later literally vanished into thin air (Luke 24:31), and even passed through locked doors to instantly reappear (Luke 24:36; John 20:19,26)!!
Brethren, this is all very exciting, for Scripture says: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:20,21). Those remarkable bodies, like His glorified body, will enable us to function in heaven for His glory throughout eternity’s endless ages! 🙂