In John 11, Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead. This not only foreshadowed Jesus’s own resurrection that was to come, but as Pastor Boyd reminded us as he preached through this text, it also points to the spiritual resurrection from the dead that every believer has experienced. Let’s take a moment to review the concept of regeneration.
When we are born, we are born into sin. Our hearts are dead in sin and ultimately corrupt as a result of the sin of our common ancestor, Adam. From generation to generation, this sin nature has been passed down. (Romans 3:10-18) Not only have we inherited the acts of sin, but we have also inherited the condemnation that is associated with it. (John 3:18)
In order for our dead hearts to respond to the gospel, they had to be made alive again by the Holy Spirit. Without this, we won’t choose God. We are incapable of it, because our hearts are naturally inclined to work against God and his commands. (Ephesians 2:1-5)
Through this new heart, we are able to freely accept the gift given by Jesus, the gift of salvation. Through this, every believer is a witness to the miracle of resurrection. It is through this resurrection that we get to bear witness and proclaim the many wonders of our God.
Have you truly experienced this regeneration? Spend time reflecting on this text and on the power it takes to bring something or someone from death to life.