John chapter 11 tells the story of the death and resurrection of Lazarus. It is an amazing story of how sometimes the plan of God seems strange and ill-timed to us, but that through faith and belief in Jesus, everything truly does work out for good for us (Romans 8:28).
Lazarus is sick. A report comes to Jesus. He intentionally delays. Jesus comes to the tomb and raises Lazarus from the dead. Start the party!
The aspect that never fails to jump out at me is the context and placement of this section of scripture. Remember that in the last two chapters and also in this chapter, there are groups of people that have now committed to kill Jesus. Here’s the part that jumps out at me. What makes you think that you can kill a man that raises other people back from the dead? Isn’t there something in your thinking that says, “Hey, maybe I shouldn’t mess with a guy who walks on water, multiplies food, makes lame men walk, blind men to see, removes leprosy, and now has raised a dead man back to life!”
It’s totally and absolutely absurd to me. But that’s what sin’s deceitfulness is like. Notice these verses from Hebrews 3.
Hebrews 3:12–13 (NIV84) See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Yesterday I wrote to you about being able to hear the Lord’s voice. Sin slowly removes that ability. It is deceitful telling yourself that there is no consequence because no one is getting hurt, but someone is always getting hurt… you are. Even when confronted with the things Jesus did, sin still had the power to cause blindness so deep that the people could not see.
They simply cannot see that you really cannot kill a man who can raise others back to life.
It’s a great blessing to be on the right side of the truth!