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Once Jesus raised Lazarus, the entire mission changed. For the Jewish leadership Jesus was no longer an annoyance, but a genuine threat. For the disciples, it was like the early days—big crowds lots of fanfare and they were able to bask in the glory of following Jesus. For Jesus, this was the final preparation for the real mission. The crowds were pleasant, but, he knew short lived, Lazarus was alive, but now in danger. He was focused upon following the plan and finishing well.
Clearly the spirit was moving and many were following Jesus. The question was why? Were they chasing a rock star or submitting to their savior. The Jewish leadership was sure it was the former, not the latter. They were unable to discredit him so they had to eliminate him. They, should have been the ones clambering to follow him. They had tried for years to show him as a fake—but could not. They should have grasped the enormity of the coming of the Messiah—but they didn’t.
Still today, after thousands of years of proof, lives changed, nations rising and falling—still we look at the spectacle and fail to follow as the spirit leads. There simply is no other way to experience peace and freedom apart from following Jesus. In our time, people are literally trying anything to gain the peace and freedom only Christ can provide. As the world literally comes apart at the seams, Christ still stands arms open wide—ready to receive all that are willing to follow him. He says—forget the spectacle, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except by me!
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Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[e]
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”[f]
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”