John 12:9-11 A large crowd of Jews learned that He was there [at Bethany]; and they came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus also,11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away [from the teaching and traditions of the Jewish leaders] and believing in Jesus [following Him as Savior and Messiah].
Did you know that there was a plot to not only kill Jesus, but to kill Lazarus too? Well, there was.
In this text, had just raised Lazarus from the dead and His enemies did not like it.
Everyone in town knew that Jesus, Lazarus, Martha and Mary were friends. Jesus would stop in at their home every time He would pass through Bethany and fellowship with them.
There were many people who knew that Lazarus had died. These people had seen the body of Lazarus wrapped and put in a tomb.
Many people had gathered that day in Bethany, not so much to see Jesus, whom they knew would be there, but to see Lazarus, who was once dead and now alive.
The problem with Lazarus being risen from the dead and alive was to them, proof that Jesus was who He said He was, the Resurrection and the LIfe, the Messiah, The Christ, The Son Of The Living God.
The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus and do away with Him because they saw Jesus as a threat to their traditional rules and religious laws. They were afraid that because of this miracle, many would believe in Christ, which they did.
To refute the truth, to discredit Jesus and denounce everything about Him, the religious leaders wanted to kill Lazarus too.
How desperate are you to destroy someone else, just to have the light shine on you?
Like many today, they see the evidence of God in creation everywhere around the world, they see one miracle after another happening in the world, i.e. plane crashes where only person survived and other died, car wreck where one survived and the others died also, people being healed of incurable diseases, acres of burnt woods and fields and months later, new life of green grass reappear, they see life being given by means of a seed and sperm and yet many still refuse to believe today that God exist.
Instead of belief, they chose unbelief in the truth that God is maker and creator of all.
Many today discredit Christianity and give credit to the "big bang theory" because they want to prove in their minds and try to convince the minds of others that there is no God.
Regardless of man's theory about God and creation, God is real. Read Genesis chapters 1-2.
There is a deceiving spirit, the one called satan that deceived Adam and Eve in the garden. He is still roaming the earth today seeking whom he may devour, planting seeds of doubt and lies in the minds of the people into believing his lies instead of God's truth.
Deny the truth of God's Word and His Sovereignty all you won't, but it will not stop the hands nor power of God in the earth, nor will it change the fact that He is "GOD"!
Still don't believe? You will be convinced in eternity! The sad part about truth being revealed to you then is the fact that it will be too late for you to change your mind. Who you are when you die will be who you are in eternity, make no mistake about it! Unbeliever on earth and die apart from Jesus will be an unbeliever in eternity.
The religious leaders hated Jesus then and they still hate Him today. People will go to whatever extreme they have to in order to prove the Gospel that the Gospel is not true and that God is not the "Sovereign God".
We all have a choice today. To believe the truth that has been laid out before us in God's Word called the "Bible". Or, believe the lies of satan.
There are people that knew you when you were wrapped up in tomb clothing thatsatan had given all of us in our operation of his affairs in the world. Those clothing and affairs that God has now stripped off of us after salvation.
Some people hate you too because of your resurrection from death to live too. Yes, they want to keep you where you were when you were out there with them in the world doing everything you were big and bad enough to do and now you got the nerve to say that you believe and trust in the True and Living God.
Watchout! The haters are still out there. Maybe not to kill your physical bodies, but your dreams, goals and ambitions in life. They will go to any length to do it too!
Now is the time for the true evidence of who you really are in Christ to be revealed.
The world can try to refute and discredit everything about God and His Sovereignty, but it won't work!
Psalm 24:1-The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
In the midst of irrefutable evidence, the wax cold hearts of the religious leader choose not to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. With all the evidence before them, the lies in their hearts, hate, jealousy and unbelief caused them to miss the greatest opportunity ever. They missed the opportunity of being personally touched by the hands of God.
The hard heart that is in the darkness of unbelief simply will not believe even when given irrefutable evidence.
Envy and jealous lead the religious leaders to a place of unbelief in their hearts. Where has envy and jealousy lead you? It can only lead away from God and not to Him.
The things the enemy will set out to do just to stop you. They tried it with Jesus and you and I are no different if we are claiming Him as our Lord and Savior, our Redeemer.
Isn't it amazing how envy, hate and jealousy can lead you to a place of believing that you have the power to get rid of anyone who chooses to operate according to God’s standards and not yours?
The good news on today is the fact that the enemy can only do to you and I what God allows. Remember, satan had to seek permission from God to attack Job.
The plot to kill Lazarus! Is there a plot to destroy your God given destiny? Stay connected to God!
God bless you all people of God.