Every night, of late, we read this book , WWJD “What Would Jesus Do? for kidz” . It is a 3 -year old book in our household but my kids still love reading it .
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Last night was a fitting story for this season. “Is it a Ghost?” was the title of the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. To sidetrack a bit, if you look around and over time, the market has cashed in on pagan halloween festivities that you can see malls luring kids (and parents alike!) with all sorts of tricks ( because you end up spending) and well, some treats. This is their big sale event before Christmas! As my kids grow up, they understand the meaning of all these, why all the marketing strategies, and why we don’t celebrate it at all. We remember our loved ones who have gone ahead of us, which gave us a great time of telling stories about their good deeds and the legacy that they left to their children and the generations to come.
Going back, this is not a story of the dead but of the living. In our Christian walk, we lay down our graveclothes as we put on a new one when we celebrate a new life in Jesus. Jesus declared, ” Unwrap him and let him go.” (John 11:44). Spooky as it seemed to be, (just like a ‘Thriller’ event), it was realized because Jesus loved Lazarus ( it was recorded that He even wept!) and so that the spectators, (including us!) may see the glory of God and a picture of what it means to be have a new life in Him. (You may read the story here.) We break away from what binds us, putting away the filthiness of those graveclothes. If there are still things that keep us from completely surrendering our life to Him, a new wardrobe is required! (Oh how women love this!) Graveclothes belong to the dead, not the living!
There is a great offer, never so cheap, not a one big sale that we can pay it on our own. Jesus offered his life , our new wardrobe, so that we can be wrapped in Him for eternity.
“ Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;” – John 11:25