Taking Off Our Grave Clothes
Sermon shared by Christian Frazier
Summary: Grave Clothes is not a physical thing but spiritual. Grave Clothes represent things that keep us bound from doing what GOD whatís us to do.
Audience: General adults
I am sick of wearing these grave clothes. Loose right now in the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus I need you to speak to my grave clothes and say loose me right now.
When I get together with some of my high school or my old military buddies some of them like to remind me of when I was still wearing grave clothes.
I remember when we used to drink a half gallon of that knotty head, I remember when we used to smoke and the last time I saw you we did this or we did that. We should get together and do it again.
This is when I use my opportunity to witness and I have to tell them what a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my life. I donít do the same things like I used to. I donít hang out in the same places I used to. I have been born again, I have been resurrected from the dead and when I came to myself I had to take off my grave clothes. One Sunday Jesus spoke to my grave clothes loose him and let him go. Jesus still speaks from eternity and he is still speaking to some of my grave clothes to loose him and let him go.
In the text Jesus said to the grave clothes them Loose him and let him go. Traditional thinking would lead us to believe that Jesus was speaking to those that came with him to the tomb to Loose Lazarus of his clothes, but with his omnipotent, all powerful voice Jesus could have been speaking directly to the grave clothes themselves and they would have to obey. My GOD can speak to things without life and they have to obey. Even the devil knows it and while he attempted to tempt Jesus he asked him to command the stones to turn to bread. He touched the water and it turned to wine. Jesus spoke peace to a raging sea and they had to behave. If we donít praise him then he can cause the rocks to cry out.
When you take your grave clothes off you can be a witness. Lazarus did not have to say much, did not have to do much. All he had to do is walk around. If you look over in chapter 12 while they were in Bethany that much people gathered not only for Jesus but they came that they might see Lazarus also, whom Christ had raised from the dead.
Let that be a word to the wise that when you represent Christ, they are coming to see you also. Not only are they coming to see you but they are plotting to kill you just as the chief priest plotted against Lazarus.
When we are bound in grave clothes we canít work because our hands are bound, when we are wrapped up in grave clothes we canít walk in the light because our feet are bound, when we are wrapped up in grave clothes we canít witness and talk for the Lord because our mouths are bound.
Paul told Timothy to endure hardness and be a good soldier of Jesus Christ and donít entangle yourself of the affairs of this world. In other words donít entangle yourself with grave clothes.
In Matthew Jesus told us about the parable of old garments and old bottles for he said no man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. In other words if you are trying to patch up your old clothes with a piece of new cloth itís not going to work and you are going to make a bigger hole than you had before. Just put on some new garments and the garment that Jesus is giving is
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