45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
As I said Sunday, (BTW, the message is up on the church website.) we want many things from God. The Jews in Babylon wanted God to give them a better life. They were tired of their years of captivity, their destroyed city of Jerusalem, and they thought that if God showed up in power the Babylonians would believe in Him and send them home. What we learned Sunday is that God wants to show us His mercy and does to all who come seeking Him.
Jesus let Lazarus die so that in raising Lazarus from the dead people would believe. And there were many who seeing the dead brought back to life believed. I hope I would have been amongst those who believed.
But then there were the Pharisees who seeing the dead raised to life committed to putting both Jesus and Lazarus to death! What in the world? How could they see such an amazing miracle and not believe? Here is the rub; they did not want to believe. Their contempt for Jesus was so great that even this amazing show of the power of God did not turn their hearts but embittered them even more.
So in light of Sunday’s message from Isaiah 64-65 the desired show of God’s power won’t do what we want it to do. For the Pharisees of today, the haters of Jesus and of all there is to know about God won’t be turned by a great display of God’s power. Think about this: what is the greatest display of the power of God? If you answered “Salvation,” then you answered correctly. There is no greater power than the power of God unto salvation. So when God shows His mercy to a sinner’s heart and that sinner becomes and child of God possessing the righteousness of God and eternal life in the Son, the greatest miracle of all time has taken place. When someone is saved, some believe and some mock. Just like the audience at the tomb of Lazarus. Are we of those who believe?
Have a great day in the Lord,