“When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see Him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus raised from the dead. Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of Him that many believed in Jesus.”
In John chapters 11 and 12, the writer twice comments on the fact that many people started following Jesus because of the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection. Was this simply because they were attracted to Jesus’ miraculous power? Perhaps. But maybe a more reasonable argument would be because they simply witnessed an incredible miracle, that could only have been performed by someone of divine nature. Yet, seemingly so, the Pharisees completely missed the point of this great miracle, as if blinded by their selfish concerns of how many people are following Jesus and not them. Not only did they choose to not believe and not follow Jesus, but they wanted to destroy the evidence of Jesus’ great miracle, Lazarus.
We too are surrounded by people making excuses and trying to disprove the existence of God, and the evidence that we so clearly see all around us. Some argue following Jesus is just escapism, giving hope to a hopeless world. Some argue that Christianity is a made up religion, that tries to appeal to the weak and the helpless. Yet we are gifted with a clear and undeniable defence of God’s existence. Creation. His Word, the Bible. His tangible presence. His miracles NOW. His voice. The difference is, you have to open your eyes to see it. Many people came wanting to see the resurrected Lazarus, and those people believed. The Pharisees saw, yet chose not to believe, because in fact, their eyes were still shut. Today’s challenge is to truly open your eyes and see the resurrected King and the evidence of His works. May the Holy Spirit ‘open the eyes of your heart, so that your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you’1!!!
1Ephesians 1:18 paraphrased