John 12

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Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

– John 12:9-11

In Luke 16 Jesus tells a fascinating story about two men, one rich and the other poor. Both died, and the poor man (named Lazarus) was carried away to a place of comfort, while the rich man was brought to a place of torment. As the story went on the rich man cried out to Abraham—who was also in the place of comfort—hoping that Lazarus might be sent back from the dead to plead with the rich man’s five brothers that they not end up in the place of torment after their deaths one day.

Many people see the story of Luke 16 as just another Parable of Jesus. But I’m not convinced.

Interestingly, the rich man in Jesus’ story was “clothed in purple and fine linen” … the clothing of royal (or chief) priests. And, like the poor man in Jesus’ story, a poor man named Lazarus had just returned from the dead in John 11. But what was the response of the chief (royal) priests to Lazarus’ return from the dead? They plotted to kill him, “because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.”

“Nothing good can come if the will is wrong”

– Richard Weaver

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