Jesus Christ Did What We Could Not Do

Jesus Did What We Could Not Do

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John 11:40-44 NKJV
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” [41] Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. [42] And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” [43] Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” [44] And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead He told the bystanders to, “Loose him and let him go.” Since He raised the dead, why did He not loose the grave clothes also? I don’t know. But it has been suggested that He did what they could not do and expected them to do what they could. It sounds reasonable.

It has also been suggested by some that Jesus was speaking to satan in the spiritual realm, to loose Lazarus from sin, death, and grave clothes and to let him go ? I don’t know. Jesus and Lazarus knew what He meant for sure. Amen.

I know that is what happened in the provision for our forgiveness. We can obey the gospel and take advantage of what He has done. But we could never do what Jesus did. He provided the cleansing agent of our sin stained souls; He precious blood. Only the sacrifice of Jesus Christ could produce the forgiveness of sins.

We merit nothing when we obey the gospel. But we reach His blood and thereby are washed clean and loosed from the grave clothes of sin and death.

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Romans 6:1-4 NKJV
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? [2] Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
[3] Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
[4] Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

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