It never ceases to amaze me.
Whenever I read the Bible, inevitably I will run across something I didn't know.
It's usually something I have previously read but it didn't register in my
brain. This is one of those verses.
We all know how Jesus raised
Lazarus from the dead after four days of being entombed in Bethany (John 11). It
was this miracle that caused the Jewish leadership of that day to conclude that
Jesus was a threat to them and their way of life (John 11:45-54). Why? Because
raising Lazarus from being dead for four days brought many people to believe in
Jesus and His message, leaving the leadership's authority.
In John 12:10-11, we are told:
"Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his
account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus."
What really strikes me most in
this passage is the enormous fear that the Jewish leadership must have had. I
can see how it would drive them perhaps to kill the object of their fear (Jesus)
and fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy, but they made the decision to
eradicate an innocent person. It's not like Lazarus, himself, asked Jesus to
raise him from the dead. Yet, just by Lazarus walking and living in the
community was enough to make them fear even him and want him dead.
If Lazarus was not well known
before being raised from the dead, he definitely was afterwards. The Jewish
leadership was taking a very bold move to kill Lazarus. Remember, they were
under Roman rule and didn't have the authority to kill anyone, which is why they
had to take Jesus to Roman authorities to be killed. Even if they had someone
else do it but it was linked back to them, it could mean their death or
They must have changed their mind;
however, since nothing more is said of Lazarus. I cannot see that John would
mention the intentions of the Jewish leadership to kill him along with Jesus but
then not mention that they carried out their plot against Lazarus.
Just an interesting Bible fact.
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