To kill Lazarus as well

John 12

9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him. … 17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

Poor Lazarus.  Just as he is rejoicing at the new lease on life he received from Jesus, there’s a plot to kill him because he went and got himself raised from the grave.  Lazarus’ transformation makes him a marked man.

As long as Jesus never bothers anyone, as long as every christian remains a decent citizen and a good supporter of the world system, as long as christianity never transforms anyone, the world smiles.  But if you actually behave like Jesus has transformed you, like you’ve been reborn, and you start shattering alabaster jars, then a firestorm gets unleashed on you.  You become a target.  But you also become a fork in the road, because while some plot to destroy the evidence of Jesus power to transform, others will wind up “putting their faith in Jesus” (vs. 11) because they’ve seen you raised from the dead.

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2 Responses to To kill Lazarus as well

  1. Pingback: April 4, 2011 Devotion Sharing | Gracepoint Devotions

  2. Annette says:

    Hi Pastor Ed, this is so true! My discipleship group here did a study on Mary and Martha and we just read this exact passage last week. I like your last point on how our lives become a fork in the road when we’re changed by God. As I interact w/ different people here, I can see the different responses ppl can give to beliefs that may not jive w/ how they currently see the world, themselves, and live their lives. And I can see how I can become like that, to look at ppl who overreact as “weird”, as I develop more social EQ. Anyway, I just wanted to say that as I’m going through med school here, i realize the daily decisions of letting my faith continue to stir my heart or remain silent and normal and not get emotionally disturbed and just keep everything in my head. it can be hard sometimes b/c it’s so easy to just be quiet esp when you’re the minority. I just hope that in the end, in small ways, my life causes more people to “put their faith in Jesus” rather than leading them to “plot to destroy Jesus’ power to transform.”

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