Lazarus

Recently, I discovered this song as I was going through my music app to find some interesting songs to add to my playlist. When I first saw this song, my interest was immediately piqued by its title, “Lazarus.” “A song about Lazarus? Hmm. This would be very interesting.” At first, I thought that this would be a fun, exciting Christian song for kids. Yet, as I was listening to this song, my tears began to flow, especially when the singer sings, “You raise me up like Lazarus.”

In his messages, announcement, and Bible studies, Missionary John often portrays the significance of the work of God we are doing as helping people to cross over from death to life. I’ve heard this phrase so many times, but I never really understood it. “What does he mean that when they receive one word of God, they will cross over from death to life? They are not dead. They breathe, and they can move.” So, I only accepted this as a theological expression. Yet, this song helps me see the dead condition I was in, and how, by God’s grace and his kindness, his servants have helped me to cross over from death to life.

I was indeed alive at that time, but at the same time, I was also dead. Each day, I lived like a dead person. I went to school, I studied hard to get good grades, I made many friends, and I did many activities, but I did everything with no purpose and motivation. Many times, when I gathered with other people, I just isolated myself, and I would just stay quiet the entire time that many times, people did not even notice that I was there. I lived my life like a dead person because I thought that my life was nothing more than just waiting until the day of my death. Even though I was physically alive, my heart and my soul were so dead that many of my relatives and friends complained to me because of my lack of expression, sympathy, and emotion. In my first six months of studying the Bible, the word of God was preached powerfully to me, but I did not show any response whatsoever. Like what Missionary John often says, I just came to Bible study, sat down, and blinked. 

Yet, fast forward to 2019, my life is completely different today, and there are clearly many signs of life in me. My heart can respond to God’s love now, and when I see students walking in darkness in my campus, I come to have compassion for them. Now, whenever I am with other people, I do not just stay quiet like a dead person anymore, but I am much more talkative that sometimes, I even talk way too much. And when I am on my campus, that is the time when I am most alive. I am actively and willingly involved in God’s kingdom work there. Sometimes, I hop around, and I run from one student to the next one. As I do the work of God, I get rejected and even humiliated by many students, but I keep on getting up and fighting again. And I smile a lot with much excitement as I talk about the God whom I love and the wonderful life I am living today.

Indeed, this is my testimony: “From death to life, you fill me up with holy fire, and you have raised me up like Lazarus.”

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Darius

What a great and beautiful work God has done for you and for all of us. Now that we are alive, now is the time to really live! Challenges and difficulties are there, but we are alive, we live with Jesus! Praise God!
May you be used as God’s partner, so that many others may ‘come alive’ this year. Amen!

shepalexandra

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works in which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” Amen, we are God’s clay and He is the potter. 🙂

Sabaaa

This song is really amazing. I like the video too–look at those hundreds of pages of testimonies! It makes me wonder how many pages the testimonies of all God’s children would be collectively. Also that typewriter is us too…we’ve been resurrected like Lazarus, so now we function as high-tech laptops, instead of as extinct typewriters 😁 Thank you for sharing this beautiful song, it’s so touching and real!

shepalexandra

All of our testimonies are probably written in one big journal that is colorfully designed up in Heaven. With every single tear recorded in glasses and every single prayer in a big bowl ready to be poured out over the Earth. 400! 200! Let’s do it.

remfeng

Imanuel, you are indeed alive in the drama!

shepalexandra

*headbanging YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH* Lol.

Sabaaa

Now that is a great memory LOL. Such a funny and unexpected drama moment!

shepalexandra

Indeed. 😀

meliburd

Wow!!!!!! I am SO encouraged by this testimony and video! I can really see that Jesus’ zoe life has made you such a joyful, humble, and sacrificial person. Surely God will use you to bring zoe life to many college students!

Also, about the song…it’s funny that the band compares us to Lazarus. Lazarus was not just a little dead, but really dead. I’m reminded that God’s words can even resurrect those who are very dead–even spiritually decomposing.

Thank you for sharing this! May God bless you with abundant zoe life this semester.

shepalexandra

That gives me hope for everyone in my life—-even ppl who are REALLY REALLY dead can get a spiritual zap…like what they do with the defribilators, or however you call them. 3…2…1… Zap! One Word hits them and they come back to life! Thank you for motivating me Melissa seeing nothing is impossible with God!

johnbaik

Your testimony is very touching, and the song is also very touching. The music video is really wonderful. The dead person reads others’ testimonies, and follows them, collecting more and more until he meets Jesus personally and crosses over from death to life. Jesus has raised him up like Lazarus! In the music video, he writes his own testimony. The only problem is: he types so fast, but the typewriter is not working!!! Hahaha!

shepalexandra

I love your description of the video, Msnry John, because it’s like how when people listen to messages in a conference and listen to people’s testimonies and they experience Jesus’ grace through them! They cross over from death to life. Amen!

shepalexandra

Wow I am simply amazed by this whole video, song, and testimony by you. I was so encouraged by the video because it showed pieces of paper of testimonies, and you can visualize that as our whole church’s testimonies posted all over the place because our testimonies are so precious to God. I always like making videos instead of dealing with words, but now I see a video that has many testimonies full of words! How glorious! This inspires me to work hard on my testimony this week. Also, the whole message about crossing over from death to life like… Read more »

shepalexandra

By the way…I’ve been listening to this song nonstop today and I got one of those bibles the people hand out and I’ve just been so pumped up about the Word of God and Lazarus! I came across a psalm I loved and 2 Timothy saying that anyone who follows God WILL be persecuted. Phew, I may have crossed over from death to life but it doesn’t mean I won’t be persecuted, because I will…but it just makes me even more pumped up! I loved your headbanging in the drama btw! Hahahah you have certainly crossed over from death to… Read more »

eliz2000s

So true! The title is kind of unexpected hahaha, but the song and lyrics are amazing. It just reminds me of how beautiful this new life is, and comparing to my old life, I’m really so alive now! Even my worst failures and mistakes have now been turned into beautiful testimonies of God’s grace:) Thx for sharing!!!