Let him go!
Jesus said to them, 'Unbind him, and let him go.' (John 11. 44)
Jesus had a few special friends -people he stayed over with, ate meals with, people he shared life and laughter with. People like Mary and Martha, and their brother Lazarus. Perhaps you have friends like these - you can relax, be yourself, and trust them.
When Jesus learned that Lazarus was very ill, he knew that a chance was coming to show how powerful God really was. When he arrived at Lazarus' tomb, four days after Lazarus had died, you can imagine no one wanted to roll away the stone which sealed it - it wouldn't be a pretty sight - or smell!
But miraculously, Jesus calls Lazarus out of death and into new life. He sheds his burial bandages and walks into life in all its fullness.
This Lent - have a think - what burial bandages might you need to shed?
Sometimes it seems like all is lost - but it's never too late for God to work a miracle. What would you like him to do for you?