They are among us walking freely
They are in our neighborhoods
They are in our grocery stores
They are even in our Churches
THEY ARE….THE WALKING DEAD
I am not talking about actual zombies being here in the physical sense, I am talking about those that walk beside us each day who are “spiritually walking dead.”
They look like us, they talk like us, but something is obviously missing in their lives.
You may even live with someone who you know that may fall into this category, walk beside them each day or this person may even be you!
We all know that there are two obvious ways to be considered “dead.” (Physically & Spiritually)
Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body, and spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God.
John 11 speaks about the physical death of a man named Lazarus. Lazarus was sick and his two sisters Martha & Mary sent word to Jesus to come and heal their brother. Jesus was with his disciples when he heard the news.
Read the passage below:
John 11 (NIV)~The Death of Lazarus
11 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up.”
12 His disciples replied, “Lord if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem,19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31
When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Lazarus’ tomb was now empty!
As we read and study this passage, our eyes are opened to see just how powerful our God truly is!!
Do you not think that if he can raise someone from the dead in the Physical, that he can also do this in the spiritual?
Are you alive or are you decaying slowly spiritually?
Here are a few signs and signals that you may be “walking dead.”
- You are slowly drowning in unrepented sin
- You are not producing fruit
- You have lost your passion for Christ
- You only want to serve yourself
- Your mind only focuses on your past and not the future
- You no longer desire to win others to Christ
- You focus only on your needs and not the needs of others
- You no longer read the word of God, pray or seek him.
DO ANY OF THESE SOUND FAMILIAR?
WHAT IS THE CURE FOR THE WALKING DEAD?
To be cured of spiritual death, we need only to recognize our sinful state and call on the One who is capable to save us….
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
The Lord will rescue you from spiritual death if you only ask him to. Confess your sins to him through repentance and turn away from the life that you have been living.
God does not want to see you suffer through this life walking among the dead. He has come to give you life and for you to live it abundantly waking with him (John 10:10)
How amazing is it to know that God is our RESCUER, our REDEEMER, our HEALER and our DELIVERER?
IF GOD CAN RAISE LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD…HE CAN ALSO DO THE SAME FOR YOU!!!!!
Believe it and receive it…