So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father,I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year,spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 56 They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him. (John 11:41-57)

After reflecting on this passage of the Lazarus account, the Holy Spirit desired that I look through the lens of the Pharisees. When I did, this is what I found - another stone that needed to be rolled away.

This miraculous healing, this resurrection, seemed to push the Pharisees plan to kill Jesus into overdrive. Their pride damaged and their position threatened they reacted to retain their job security by looking for the first and best opportunity to arrest and kill Jesus. 

In aligning myself with the Pharisees, it is interesting how my own comfort zones, positions of authority and pride in whatever form are defended even to Christ Himself when The Messiah’s reign in my heart, rest for my soul, and victory I can claim in Him are all available. If I just allow His Kingship/Lordship over my life, permit the stone in front of my heart to be rolled back and believe Jesus can resurrect me, then I would have picked up on what the Pharisees missed. I would have been blessed beyond measure. I would gain or regain life. For there is no true life outside of living, moving and having our being in Christ. Just as Lazarus received the breath of life back into his body to live again, I could receive The Spirit's breath of life within me if only Another Stone Rolled Away.