I was wide awake last night 07/12/2013 at 3 am in the morning. What I had, I will call a night vision since I was not really asleep but it was at night. What I saw was a graveyard, however, this grave yard was not full of dead bodies as one might, instead, it was full of broken dreams. This is what I heard the place get called in the dream. To watch a dream, even one that God has given you, die is sometimes as painful as watching a loved one die. Especially when there is nothing you can do but watch them/it die. The grave is where we bury people, and as time passes, the memories fade. Those buried there, just as the dreams we once had are hidden from view which brings me to the next thing that happened in the dream. I heard a voice say, “that which has been hidden will soon be revealed”. What comes to mind is the story of Lazarus.
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave-clothes and let him go.” Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
From this I know that Jesus calls that which is dead and hidden from view to life and out into the light for all to see.
Also, note that Martha did not want to remove the stone because what was inside was dead and now repulsive to her. When a dream dies it is a painful experience and now we see the Lord saying, “roll away the stone”. What I also note here is that after the stone was rolled away, an act of obedience, Jesus does not look into the tomb but instead looks up to His Father and gave thanks for a humanly impossible situation. The result?
Lazarus was raised from the dead and brought out from the tomb from which he had been hidden from view and brought out into the light for all to see and Jesus gets the glory.