Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen. But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together. “What are we going to do?” they asked each other. “This man certainly performs many miraculous signs. If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation.” (John 11:45-48)
Read: Ezekiel 10:1 – 13:23
Relate: It is a Biblical truth that signs and wonders are given as confirmation to the proclamation of the gospel (Acts 14:3, Acts 15:12, Hebrews 2:4 etc). Is it any wonder then, that everywhere Jesus went, He was doing miracles. He wasn’t just proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, He was the good news of the Kingdom. Jesus was the Word made flesh. For that matter, He still is. The religious leaders were right, there was no way to stop the miracles outside of stopping the man.
Problem is, there is no way to stop the man. He just demonstrated that He even had power over death. It is the opinion of many that the reason Jesus said “Lazarus” before saying come forth was because at that point in time He only wanted one man coming out. Without being specific everyone buried in that vault would have been walking out of that grave. Whether or not that is true, one day at His word the dead in Christ, all the dead, everywhere, will rise again. How do you stop a man with that sort of power?
For that matter, how could the Roman army stop that power? Ultimately the unconquerable empire of Rome bowed to the truism “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” They could not stop the move of God. The thing is, even if Jesus came as the type of Messiah the Jewish people were expecting, there would still have been no way for Rome to stop Him. By this point, even the Pharisees realized that Jesus was who He claimed. There was no denying it. Simply stated, they were jealous. Sure, they dressed up their jealousy in patriotic sentiment, but it doesn’t change the truth. They wanted Jesus stopped by any means possible.
React: The very thing they were now starting to plan in their jealousy, God was using for His purposes. Jesus was a problem. People were coming to Him to hear from God rather than them. He wouldn’t tow the line with what they had established as religious orthodoxy. He wouldn’t work within the system. That wouldn’t be all that much of a problem if He weren’t becoming so popular. More and more people were recognizing that He was Truth and the miracles He performed were like the icing that proved the cake really was a cake. In a way, I guess we have to be thankful to these hypocrites. Their pettiness established God’s purposes. Their jealousy made a way for God’s justice to be met with grace. You cannot stop this man. You cannot stop this God. He will accomplish His purposes either through us or in spite of us.
God, I recognize that You are still on the move. I recognize that You are sovereign and that You will accomplish Your purposes in the world and in my life. It is futile to try and stop You but I don’t ever want to. Help me to align my will, my life, and my actions with what You are going to accomplish. I ask that You would work through me rather than in spite of me. I want to play my part in the move of God.