YAHSHUA gave the people the opportunity to exercise their faith in Him by the removing of the stone from Lazarus’ tomb at His command. That was an important factor for YAHSHUA to perform the miracle. A stone, useful in many ways, can become a hindrance in one’s life at times, when it becomes a stumbling stone, as in faithlessness. That particular stone holding Lazarus in his tomb was useful and needed for a few days. But at the command of YAHSHUA – God incarnate, that stone had to be removed; no longer was it needed at the command of the Author of Life. The time had come when it had to be taken out of the way for life to enter Lazarus’ body. Small stones we encounter on our way we can easily remove them without much effort, cleaning the path for us to continue with our journey; however, there are stones of great magnitude, we cannot remove without faith. They constitute that “mountain” to which we must speak to, as YAHSHUA taught His disciples. For truly, He said, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you (Matt. 17:20b). The stone holding Lazarus dead was a stone that could only be removed by faith, spiritually speaking. There are still many stones holding people dead in their sins. Lazarus decayed body behind the tomb typifies those spiritually dead without Christ, wrapped up in the world’s junk.
Life has been offered to them, but they are comfortable in their tombs, refusing to remove the stone of death to receive life- life abundant that our Savior YAHSHUA offered when He gave His own life away by the shedding of His blood. At YAHSHUA’S burial two weeks later, a stone was removed away from his tomb also for Him to come out victorious over death for all of us. “Because I live, (He said) you shall live also”. For three days a stone held YAHSHUA’S body in the tomb; only three days was the time span for Him to be behind that particular stone, before decay. On the third day however, an angel of Yahweh came and rolled the stone back. This was the work of Yahweh and no man had part in it. So powerful it was that the earth split and the guards became like dead! With that stone rolled away dawn came with a song of victory, O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thanks be to Elohim, who gives us the victory through our Master Yahshua, the Messiah (I Corinthians 15:55, 57).
IT WAS FINISHED, PRAISE YAHWEH!
Let’s link this for a moment to our kidneys; small as they are, they not only function as the filter of the blood and rids the body of waste, but also they balance the levels of electrolyte, regulate the water fluid levels among other important functions too many to mention here. When they become dehydrated due to strenuous exercise, a lack of water intake, and a diet rich in oxalate foods, stones are formed and the kidneys lose the ability to work properly, especially in the removal of waste through the urine. A kidney machine is then used to filter the blood. In the spiritual sphere when sin, the stone that blocks our relationship with our Father is not dealt with and removed, the results are like that of the kidney’s malfunction. Because the water (the Holy Spirit) is hindered for cleansing our soul, we remain spiritually dirty; and because we do not drink of the Living water we become spiritually dehydrated and emptied of His presence. Although we continue with our busy life through church’s activities, we are spiritually sick, suffering with spiritual dehydration. As there is no nutrition value in junk foods, there is also no spiritual nutrition value in the foods that the world offers, starting with the foods that TV programs present at the table it has prepared for us. They are like the “oxalated” foods that provoke kidney stones. The spiritual junkies of the world are one of many big reasons for the spiritual stones to exist in the life of a believer. We have no joy, no spiritual stamina for we lack the flow of His Spirit- oxygen, the spiritual life’s sustainer. The stone blocking our relationship with the Father must be removed for His Spirit to sanctify us. The Psalmist said, I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide, I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and You forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin (Ps. 32). YAHSHUA performed the miracle of life only when the stone that kept Lazarus in the tomb was removed.
YAHSHUA’S command still stands for all believers to remove the stone that is hindering their fellowship with the heavenly Father. He wants to heal us from sicknesses we have had for a long time; He wants to restore our mental abilities and free us from the bondage of the control of the spirit of fear. YAHSHUA is calling out everyone from death to life; just remove the stone that holds you dead, come and sit at His green pastures –His Word and be satisfied with the abundance from His table. Let Him refresh and restore your soul; follow the paths He leads you and you will be blessed with the goodness of His unfailing love and faithfulness to the end.
REMOVE THAT STONE!