This song was written by Rodney Griffin, and was recorded by Greater Vision… included on their album, Far Beyond This Place.
Greater Vision is an American Southern gospel music trio. It is one of Southern gospel’s most popular trios and have been noted for their prolonged commercial and musicals success spanning over two decades.
The group formed in 1990 when Gerald Wolfe left the Cathedral Quartet to form his own group. He added former Cathedrals alum Mark Trammell as baritone singer and bass guitar player and recruited tenor Chris Allman. The group quickly became a success.
In 1993, Mark Trammell departed for Gold City and was replaced by Dixie Melody Boys baritone singer and bass guitarist Rodney Griffin. Allman left in late 1995 and was replaced by Jason Waldroup. This lineup of Wolfe, Griffin, and Waldroup stayed intact for 13 years and was both immensely popular and successful. Waldroup’s smooth tenor and Griffin’s strong baritone and songwriting ability launched the group into the forefront of the gospel music scene.
In 1999, the group recorded with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and released Far Beyond This Place. The Griffin penned “My Name is Lazarus” became another #1 song on the Southern Gospel Charts, this time it made history by being the longest #1 song, surpassing the Kirk Talley written Cathedral Quartet song, Step Into The Water.
This song was the first Greater Vision song I’d heard… and I didn’t hear it until recently.
This song takes a unique slant on the miracle most Bible-readers already know… the occasion of 4 friends lowering a paralyzed man through the roof of a house in order that he could be healed by Jesus. It imagines that the 4 friends were actually men who previously had their own miraculous encounters with Jesus.
Bible Reference… Matthew 9:1-8; 8:1-4; 12:9-13; Mark 1:40-45; 2:1-12;
3:1-6; Luke 5:12-16; 6:6-11; John 9:1-41; 11:1-44
One day, four men brought a crippled man to Jesus;
still and lifeless, he lay upon his bed.
He had not moved since he was just a baby;
still he longed to become a normal man.
Now, we don’t know much about the men that carried
the corners of his tattered bed that day,
but, if we may create an illustration
we’ll see what these men might have had to say…
Suppose that first man said, “I hate to doubt it,
for Jesus touched my eyes when I was blind.
He made me see, and there’s no doubt about it.
But, this man’s needs are more serious than mine.”
Suppose that second man said, “No need to bother;
this man’s condition will remain the same.
Though Jesus touched my hand when it was withered,
I don’t believe He can heal a man so lame.”
Suppose that third man said, “I hate to question,
but no one here is more skeptical than me.
Though Jesus cleansed me when I was a leper,
this helpless man will never walk, you see.”
Then, every eye was turned to the fourth man
to see how he might criticize and doubt.
But, all three men were startled with amazement
when that fourth man stopped, and said his name out loud.
He said, “My name is Lazarus, could I testify?
My name is Lazarus, it feels good to be alive.
When I – in chains of death – was bound,
this Man named Jesus called me out.
If you think your little problem is too big for Him to solve,
take it from the one who’s heard the mighty voice of God.
A living testimony of His death-defying touch; my name is Lazarus!”