Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 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.”
I love this verse becuase it reminds me that even those who are saved and accepted Christ and born again they are still not yet freed of the bondage of their past life. Jesus says to his disciples to free Lazarus of his hands so he can reach for a better life, his feet so he can walk into new territory and claim and to remove the cloth from his face so that he can see the promise of prosperity that God has given him, and to have the vision to see a new path for his life.
For me this verse reminds me to seek help and be receptive to others because we are incapable fo freeing ourselves. It shows me how I can be a better son, husband, father, businessman, believer, and disciple by listening and accepting feedback from others. The graveclothes are remnants of a past life that hold you back from doing anything. Bound we can do nothing but once we are freed of the bondage of our addictions we can finally overcome and reap God’s blessings.