READING John 11:28-57
Something truly miraculous had just occurred. A man who had been dead was now alive. It seems like plenty of reason to put faith in who Jesus said He was. However, for the Pharisees, all they could see was their fickle hold on power crumbling even further. Jesus’ power to heal and redeem was threatening their very way of life – and He had to be stopped. After raising Lazarus from the dead, the Pharisees and religious leaders essentially put a bounty on Jesus’ head. Jesus knew He was a wanted man. All He had to do was stay put in the countryside and not show up to Jerusalem for Passover, and the whole thing might have eventually blown over. But Jesus didn’t avoid the pain He knew was coming. When the time was right, He headed in Jerusalem, and the last tumultuous week of His earthly life began.
Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.