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Murderous Intentions

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | June 19, 2024 | John 12:9-11


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. John 12:10-11 (NIV)



In John 12:9-11, we read about the growing opposition to Jesus and the extent of the religious leaders' hostility towards Him. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, many people came to see both Jesus and Lazarus. This miraculous event drew crowds and caused many to believe in Jesus. However, the chief priests were not pleased. They plotted to kill not only Jesus but also Lazarus because his resurrection was leading many to faith in Jesus. This passage highlights the stark contrast between the life-giving power of Jesus and the destructive intentions of those opposed to Him.


How could leaders of a religious movement, meant to do good, become murderous and treacherous? History shows atrocities committed in the name of religion and against religious people. The hatred toward Jesus extended to Lazarus, highlighting what happens when people prioritize their interests over God's will. This warns us to examine and change our actions when we justify ungodly behaviour against God's children. Those who hate Christ also hate his followers and will go to any lengths to silence them. Let us know that faith in Christ provokes hostility.


Consider the potential challenges and hostility you might encounter because of your faith, and strengthen your resolve and trust in God to withstand such opposition. Despite the murderous intentions of the agents of the enemy, God's plan for salvation through Jesus continues to unfold. This encourages us to trust in God's sovereignty even when faced with adversity.


Heavenly Father, thank you for Lazarus' resurrection and Jesus' life-giving power. Help me reflect on your transformative work and strengthen my faith against opposition. Remind me of your sovereign plan and help me trust your purposes in adversity. May my life be a beacon of your love and grace, drawing others to you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.





DAILY word study: TO KILL The Greek verb used for "to kill" is ἀποκτείνω (apokteinō), meaning to put to death, destroy, or kill. This term is often used in the New Testament to describe actions of ending life, both in literal and metaphorical contexts. The chief priests’ plot to kill Lazarus reveals their desperation to maintain their power and control. Lazarus' resurrection by Jesus was leading many to believe in Jesus, threatening the religious leaders' authority. This act of opposition against Jesus demonstrates the conflict between Jesus' life-giving power and the destructive nature of those who reject Him. Reflections: How do you respond to the life and teachings of Jesus? Are there areas where you resist His influence? Consider how you can witness to others about Christ’s life-giving power, even in the face of opposition.

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