Killing Lazarus

Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also whom he had raised from the dead.  But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus. 

John 12:9-11

We have already looked at the fact that after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the chief priests and Pharisees decided that they should kill Jesus because He was going around healing and helping people and performing miracles.  Actually, they wanted to kill Him because they were nervous that they would lose their influence, power and positions.  But in this passage, they took it even a step further.

Here, they came to see Lazarus, and then they “consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death…”  Lazarus died.  Jesus raised him from the dead.  The “chief priests” wanted to kill him again.  Imagine that.  These chief priests were so consumed with themselves and their positions, that they were ready and willing to kill a man who had just been raised from the dead.

To me, this story illustrates just how depraved human nature can be.  These were the religious leaders of the day.  These men were supposed to be among the most godly of the people.  But they were perfectly willing to kill two completely innocent men to protect their own comfort and way of life.  We might not like to admit it, but we can become calloused to others.  We can be calloused to everyone and everything but ourselves.

We hope and pray that we will never stoop to this level, but we must watch and pray and guard ourselves against a hard heart.

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