However, there was one way that my mom, dad, and grandma (dad's mom lived with us) woke me up that I wanted to focus on here. They would come to the door of my bedroom and as I was in "Deep Six" sleep or sound sleep, they would call my name out into the room - "Chad". Their voice was not too loud or harsh, it just filled the room and commanded my consciousness to alertness. Sometimes I just opened my eyes to prove to them I was awake. Sometimes I kept my eyes shut and responded, "Yes, I'm awake." Other times I would go ahead, stir and get up. Of course this last response is what they were really pursuing because after they called my name they would say something like - "Time to get up."
The Holy Spirit downloaded to me this morning that Jesus did the same thing with Lazarus (my second favorite story of the Bible). This time "sleep" meant death for Jesus' friend. But all Jesus had to do to wake him from death's grip and marry his friend's soul back to his body was call his name - "Lazarus!"
The second thing Jesus said to Lazarus was a coming out phrase (ha ha). It was a phrase that demanded respect and obedience because Lazarus had just woken up from death. It was a two word command that gave Lazarus his marching orders now that he was alive. Jesus said, "Come Forth!"
This event between Jesus and Lazarus reminds me of the imagery we find in Ezekiel's Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Lazarus' body would be equated to the bodies that already had bones together, tendons and flesh upon them, and skin covering them, but no breath in them. Jesus calling out his friend's name "Lazarus!" would be like the part of Ezekiel's experience where -
- Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' "So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet--a vast army.
- Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.