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Verse 9: "When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead."
This study takes place just before and during the Passover Feast. Many people had seen Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, and some had rushed to tell the authorities.
Thousands of people at the Feast had heard about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, and were hoping to see both Jesus and Lazarus.
Verse 10: "So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well."
The Scripture relating to the "Plot to kill Lazarus," is often referred to among scholars as, "John's Irony." The Irony, in this case, being the opposite of the expected.
The Chief Priests had no valid reason for plotting Lazarus' death. Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus, and they were close, and we are given no other reason for their hatred for Lazarus.
Because of Jesus, Lazarus was alive, and the evidence of His resurrection was so evident it could not be refuted. Nevertheless, the rulers of the Jews initiated the equivalent of a contract on Lazarus' life.
It takes a twist of the mind to grasp how these people could want to kill Lazarus. Wouldn't you agree that they had lost all sense of Spiritual truth and rationality?
As we will see in a later study, Jesus warned His Followers to expect abuse, persecution, and even death, and His infallible Words have proven true.
There are those in today's world, thousands of years later, who seek to destroy anyone who claims to know Jesus.
Verse 11: " because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
As we have seen throughout this study, regardless of circumstance, Jesus is able to reach the hearts of men and women with His supreme Divine love, and change the unbelieving into the believing,
This concludes our study of the Plot to Kill Lazarus.
As our study of the Gospel of John is nearing the last days of Jesus' life, and will soon reveal and illuminate some of the richest passages of God's Word found anywhere in Scripture.