Jesus’ Life: Chapter 12 – Jesus’ Ministry In Judea
Lazarus had been dead for four days when Jesus raised him back to life. There were many witnesses from Bethany, the surrounding towns and as far away as Jerusalem. They were there to mourn his loss with the family when Jesus arrived.
On witnessing Jesus’ miraculous work, many of the people immediately believed that He was the Son of God. However, when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had raised Lazarus back to life, with the Chief Priests they called a council meeting to decide what to do saying, “If we allow him to go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary and our nation”.
At their council meeting, although the Chief Priests and Pharisees admitted Jesus’ had performed many miracles, they refused to accept his ministry and teaching. Instead, fearing the loss of their own status and positions and not knowing what to do about Jesus’ popularity, “from that day they planned together to kill him”. (John 11:45-53)
Sadly, when some people “think” they deserve something, including a position of authority and power, they walk all over others to have their way!
Lord Jesus, you were heard and listened to, but sadly not by all. Help us to understand your Word more clearly and use our blessings to serve, only You.
Most humble Jesus,
give me a share of your humility.
Take from my heart, everything that displeases you;
convert it totally to you,
so that I may no longer will or desire
anything other than what you will.