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    LOOSE HIM AND LET HIM GO (part 2)

    Loose Him and Let Him Go (part 2)

    Colossians 3:5-12 (Passion Translation NT)5 Live as one who has died to every form of sexual sin and impurity. Live as one who died to diseases, and desires for forbidden things, including the desire for wealth, which is the essence of idol worship. 6 When you live in these vices you ignite the anger of God against these acts of disobedience.7–8 That’s how you once behaved, characterized by your evil deeds. But now it’s time to eliminate them from your lives once and for all—anger, fits of rage, all forms of hatred, cursing, filthy speech, 9 and lying. Lay aside your old Adam-self with its masquerade and disguise.10 For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God. 11 In this new creation life, your nationality makes no difference, or your ethnicity, education, or economic status—they matter nothing. For it is Christ that means everything as he lives in every one of us!12 You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.

    More evidence of the need to remove our grave clothes. At the site where Lazarus was raised from the dead, Jesus commanded those nearest Lazarus “Loose Him and let him go”. In another message, I already spoke about what those grave clothes represent and how it is each of our responsibility to obey Jesus’ command to “loose him” from his grave clothes.

    Now I would like to turn my focus on the second part of His command “Let Him Go”.

    According to Jewish culture in Jesus’ day, it was customary to strip a dead body so it could be washed clean and aromatic spices applied and then the body would be wrapped with strips of cloth fully encasing the body where, if the person were alive, they would not be able to walk and move their arms. Also a cloth would be wrapped around the head.

    Once the body is placed inside the tomb, decomposition would begin after 3 days and in the Judean heat, this process would accelerate because of that heat. So by the time Jesus arrived, the body of Lazarus was in full decomposition.

    Martha and others found it hard to believe that Jesus could raise her brother from the dead because, according to Jewish belief at that time, it was believed that the soul would hover around the body for 3 days and then would leave the body forever. So, in their mind, a person could be raised supernaturally anytime within those first 3 days but not afterwards. Jesus came at this precise time to dispel this myth and to demonstrate that which He has been saying of Himself now for sometime, that He IS the resurrection and the life.

    Once Lazarus was raised, to the astonishment of all, it was obvious that although Lazarus was no longer dead but alive, everyone was caught up in this singularly supernatural event were lost in the moment. So, Jesus instructed them to “Loose Him and let him go.” He could have ended His command to say simply, “Loose him” but he added “and let him go”. Why did He say this too?

    Again, since it was obvious everyone was stunned by what they just witnessed, all practical thoughts just escaped them as they were all caught up in the moment and Jesus’ command kind of woke them up again and caused them to realize that Lazarus was alive but not free.

    Since underneath these grave clothes Lazarus was not dressed in his “Sunday best” as is the custom in modern days, all of his grave clothes could not be removed completely at the grave site. They only needed to loose his legs and arms and remove the cloth around his head. The rest was Lazarus’ responsibility and they were instructed to “let him go” home to finish the process of removal and washing and putting on the clothing of the living.

    Once Lazarus was raised from death to life, he could not free himself but once he was given what was needed to move about freely, then it became his responsibility to remove the rest of the grave clothes.

    The majority of the letters from the Apostle Paul deal with this very issue of the transformation from death to life by the putting off of the old man (grave clothes) and the putting on of the new man, Christ.

    Notice how in each of Paul’s letters, he speaks strongly of this transformative process. Notice also, he was speaking to Christians, those who were born again and spirit filled. It seems by the strength of his wording that many were having struggles with their flesh even after they were born again and spirit baptized. 

    Although that through the baptism of the Spirit, God has given us a deposit of His power to overcome, it still does not come “naturally”, on its own. Unless we take responsibility to remove the rest of our own grave clothes, we could remain bound up and continue with the smell of death working in our lives. This smell of death, if not washed away, will be used by our adversary to insist that nothing has changed in our lives because the evidence of that is in the “smell”. When we agree with him, we will then take a different course of action for our lives and move away from a spirit led faith walk and into a demon influenced walk of unbelief, thus disqualifying us from grace and frustrating the Holy Spirit in the process.

    For if, after we have been enlightened through the mercies of God and have tasted of the heavenly kingdom, we turn away to renew ourselves to death and the ways of death (this world), then we stand in a place where we once stood, the wrath of God being released in our lives where nothing is good and we are near to death and judgment.

    Lazarus, apparently, left that place of the grave, went home and meticulously removed all his grave clothes, washed his body clean and then put on the clothing of the living. So must we too leave the place of death behind and go to our new home which is Jesus, that home of grace and truth, remove every vestige of those things which bound us while we were dead and wash our lives thoroughly by His word as we put on the righteousness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

    This process of transformation will not be an easy task and may take years but it is also an essential part of our salvation. We are not doing this to gain access to heaven because we have already been granted this blessing. What we do now is because we want to be transformed to look like Jesus, walk like Jesus, speak and think like Jesus so that in the end of our lives when we are presented before Jesus, He will look at us and see Himself in us. If Jesus can see Himself in us, then when we are presented before the Father for His approval, all the Father will see is His Son Jesus and we will be approved.

    I know this may sound obligatory but it isn’t. For what believer who has been forgiven much does not love much. Out of our grateful hearts do we wish to honor the Lord who gave Himself for us and love us long before we loved Him, what we do can only be described as our act of worship. For if we truly worship Him, we will walk in such a manner as to ensure we become like Him whom we worship. So every difficult moment of putting off the old man in order to put on the new man after Christ, is seen by the Lord as our act of worship.

    At times, this transformation process may seem burdensome but once each step is completed, we experience the peaceable fruit of righteousness. It is in those times of peace that we are encouraged and strengthened to continue this journey of transformation. For the true joy of being with the One who gave Himself to us for the rest of eternity is what strengthens us and encourages us to press on to that high mark and calling in Jesus.

    This is our hope! This is our destination. That we can be with Jesus and Father, in their presence for the rest of eternity. No greater gift can we receive than to receive the Father and the Son as our great reward for enduring the pains of transformation!

    Personally, I have been given many dreams of this incredible time and nothing in our experience in this life can come close in comparison. What God has in store for each of us is well beyond anything we can imagine. Just those brief moments of experiencing the indescribable joy of complete transformation as this mortal body is transformed in an instant to an immortal body, fuels my own desires to pay any price, suffer any wrong, to lay down all my desires just so I may see Him with more clarity and to hear His voice as He instructs me and comforts me along my way. Having had that incredible taste of the powers of Heaven in my baptism of the Spirit, I long even more for heaven to come down into my life so that in my life, I can be a living praise and glory to my Heavenly Father.


    I pray that this great desire that is in me will be also in you as you continue your own journey of transformation from the old to the new in Jesus Christ our Lord and our Savior! Amen!

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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