When Jesus Calls Your Name

Jesus called in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
   —John 11:43

Mary Magdalene—one of the last at the cross and first at the tomb—stood outside the sepulcher weeping. Angels appeared and asked why she was crying. Because “[t]hey have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a man whom she assumed was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

It wasn’t the gardener; it was Jesus. But she didn’t recognize him . . . until he said her name . . .


“Rabboni!” she cried.

At the grave of a dear friend, Jesus called his name: “Lazarus, come out!”

One glorious day he will call your name! (Jn 5:28).

When he calls your name your term of death will end,
and your life-forever will begin.

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