by Paul Smith
This was sent to me by my friend Paul Smith. He has preached before (before his days in Orthodoxy), and still has grand insight into homiletics and the Church. Thanks Paul for allowing me to republish it!
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He didn’t take off the binding grave clothes he told those followers around to loose him and let him go.
When someone comes to the Church they are dead in trespasses and sins. Jesus raises them from the burial of baptism to walk in new life. Everyone comes to the Church bound in the grave clothes of their past dead life.
It therefore, stands to reason it is the people around them to gently loose them and set them free.
Run with that one.