It’s not finished yet. The impact and message of this sign has greatly affected the culture. The threat is real. You sent a message to the world, through one born of the lowest class and to your own people. Is part of the problem that the status of the leaders puffed them up with importance so they felt all change should come through them, for their partial glory? I suffer from the sin of pride. It is a trying balance to do a job well and not be puffed up over it. Often a job title and company you work for will expect a level of authority to ooze out of one in your position. Yet that is not genuine. Many feel like imposters in their jobs in fear they will be found out. We may judge ourselves harshly and hold to a perfectionist standard. Now, in this case, the raising of Lazarus, in the eyes of Jewish authority, is perceived as if a gauntlet has been thrown down. They are challenged. Their authority is challenged. Their careers are at stake, and in their minds, so is the very existence of the Jewish people. If they cannot control their people, the Roman authority will squash them likes dirt under their sandals. Those are not sandals like ours today, but are marching war shoes and probably spiked! They see this display of power in the resurrection of Lazarus as a complete challenge to the very safety of the nation.
“It is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish, and not for the nation only, but that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.”
These are words from the high priest. God used his position of highest earthly Jewish authority to prophesy exactly why Jesus must die. He doubtlessly said the word to placate the consciences of the others as they contemplated murder. God is at work for His good purpose in the midst of the evil devices of mans heart.
- What evil has man done against me?
- What has befallen me as a consequence of a loving action of mine?
- Have I been sideswiped emotionally by unexpected threats?
God is at work. Rest assured, there is nothing man can do that God cannot upturn for His purpose, use for His good for us- not that we are His ultimate end but that in working through us we honor Him and bring Him His due glory.
- Does Jesus understand when we suffer unjustly?
Most assuredly, we are not alone as we go through trials, conspiracies against us.
Jesus’s response was to leave the area- until it was time.