“The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go’” (John 11:44).

We often think of belief in association with miracles. The raising of Lazarus from the dead reminds us that belief is also necessary for simple obedience. Just prior to the miracle, Jesus directed that the stone be removed from the tomb. It seems strange that the One who could command the dead to “come forth” would tell others to move the stone and, then, remove the burial wrappings. Why not do all with just a word? It’s a lesson that God will never do by a miracle what we can do by obedience.

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