Come Out, Lazarus!

Hi.

I simply couldn’t find a good children’s ministry song about Jesus’ raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44).  Couldn’t. So … I wrote my own.

Of course, that narrative is a bit problematic for me. The perennial (and unavoidable) question is: why didn’t Jesus Christ attending to an ailing, dying Lazarus pronto.  Jesus’ response to the disciples (v11) is: “ Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.”

Not sure how well that would have washed if that was me.  Jesus healed many at their particular point of need and with immediacy.  Why not, especially with a best friend, this time around?  I have no really easy answers to that, I confess.  Life is like that.   Some questions perhaps best remain unanswered.

Jesus’ words to a grieving Martha in v. 25 are of course, memorable:

“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?”

So, in writing a kids’ song, it’s the verse 25 aspect I chose to focus on.  Messing around with rhythms on GarageBand for iPad, I randomly selected the “hip hop machine” rhythm.  Time for a change from folk-country-rock 🙂 I built the song around it, with lots of off-beat clapping throughout.

leadsheet backing   demo vocal [Bm](very rough by me 🙂

Come out, Lazarus!
Get up, Lazarus!
Come out, Lazarus!
Come out, get up!

Come out, Lazarus!
Get up, Lazarus!
Come out, Lazarus!
Come out, get up!

Hey sister
Time to cry no more
Hey sister
Don’t be sad no more
Hey brother
Time to walk brand new
Hey brother
I’ve got life for you!

Come out, Lazarus!
Get up, Lazarus!
Come out, Lazarus!
Come out, get up!

Come out, Lazarus!
Get up, Lazarus!
Come out, Lazarus!
Come out, get up!

David MacGregor
© 2019. Willow Publishing

Feel free to use it in ministry.
Blessings,

David

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