Synopsis of LOOSE HIM
Subtitle: Unwrap Him and Let Him Go
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from:
John 11:38-44 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
In classical Christian teaching, there are three great doctrinal divisions: justification, sanctification, glorification. Each of these three complex doctrines are derived from a couplet of words, “come down,” “come out” and “come on.”. Each couplet in turn derives from a biblical story, one of which is our text we just read
First doctrinal word is justification.
Justification according to dictionary definition is: the act of showing something to be right or reasonable. Theologically however it is…. the action or process of …. making something right in the eyes of God. There is no better encapsulation of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith than these two words: Come down. The Christian tradition is all about a God who was willing to do what? COME DOWN.
The second doctrinal word: Sanctification in the words COME OUT
If justification is an inside-out “event”, sanctification is the process of being remade from the outside-in. In justification, we are saved. The Holy Spirit creates faith in us, and we become grafted on to the Savior’s Vine as a living branch. In sanctification, we are being saved.
It begins at the moment of justification, and entails a progressive growth in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The essence of sanctification is God’s power to raise us from the grip of sin and death. The process of sanctification cannot be better described than in these two words: “Come Out.” Jesus came down to get us to come out from all that is entombing us.
But wait a minute. As much as I have loved this story of Lazarus, there is something that didn’t pop out from these verses until recently. There are two steps to sanctification.
Do you, church, loosen the new convert for ministry.
MAYBE we’re wrapped up in materialism.
Maybe we’re wrapped up in church work.
Maybe we’re wrapped up in belief-ism. Maybe we’re wrapped up in learned-ness.
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