I was recently reading from the Book of John. As I came to the portion about Lazarus’ death and the miracle of Jesus bringing him back to life, something a little different hit me about this whole event.
Jesus said loudly, “Lazarus, come forth!”.
The guy walks out of the tomb to the astonishment of all in attendance. He had been dead for days. Can you imagine?! So, obviously, a ton of folks began to believe on Jesus as the long awaited Messiah.
When Lazarus was chilling out with Jesus and sharing a meal…
“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.”
Many started to believe in Christ, due to Lazarus’ resurrection, so quickly that the news spread hard and fast. The Pharisees and the head council in Jerusalem caught wind of it. Being the loving, Godly bunch they were, they immediately wanted what they often wanted but wasn’t given the pleasure of having until Jesus decided it was the hour, which was Jesus’ death. This is par for the coarse in the Gospel. However, what stands out a bit differently with this particular occasion is that it simply wasn’t enough to kill The Lord Jesus. No, not this time. They also lusted for the death of Lazarus as well.
“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 12:10-11
Please, stop, take a second, and let your brain and spirit process this fact. Sometimes, at least among Christians, we may have read or heard of the persecution of Jesus by the chief priests and Pharisees so much that it, very odd and sadly, can become background noise for the life that was lived by our Savior. We almost get desensitized to the fact that Jesus was constantly dodging a mob of murderous unbelievers. But Lazarus? Poor Lazarus. My heart broke for the man as I read through that recorded moment. What exactly did he do that would’ve warranted a plot to take the very life that he had only recently been handed back to him by The Lord? Other than the fact that he was raised from the dead, nothing much is mentioned about his life. He knew the Lord and was family to Mary and Martha. That’s pretty much it. I can’t help but wonder if the chief priests fulfilled their blood lust towards him after they had gotten Christ out of the way(in their eyes). We hear nothing else about Lazarus in The Word. Maybe he lived on another forty or fifty years after Christ’s resurrection or maybe the Pharisees, Saducees, scribes, and chief priests did exactly what they had planned to do. Was he was brought to the Romans as a Blasphemer just as Jesus had been, in hopes that he too would meet a bloody death? Only God knows. But I do know this; Lazarus was a friend of God, and an enemy of Satan.
Jesus loved Lazarus. He raised him and gave him another shot on earth. How awesome is that?
I also know that he had made it onto the hit list made by those who hated The Truth, hated The Life, and hated The Way. Just in case you aren’t aware or somehow have diluted yourself, names are being added to similar lists to this day.
Still, I wonder what Lazarus is doing right now.