Read: John 12:1-19
So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. (vv. 10-11)
Jesus made the religious authorities uncomfortable—afflicting the comfortable, comforting the afflicted. When Jesus bursts on the scene, these leaders have a choice to either believe him or rail against everything he says and does so they don’t need to change. What do they choose? The comfort of privilege and power. Even those authorities who believe do so in secret because they love the glory that comes from man (John 12:42-43).
Miracle after miracle, Jesus shows them truth, calling to their hardened hearts. In defiant irony, the chief priests decide to murder a man who has already been dead once and raised, rather than believe the evidence before them. And so they plot to kill Lazarus and Jesus both, because crowds are following them, believing in Jesus. You can almost hear the desperation in their voices as they discuss Jesus, “Look, the world has gone after him” (v. 19).
Too often, I am no different. When I am most comfortable, I stop discerning and put up self-defense mechanisms. In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis observed, “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth.” Though it might be more comfortable to kill the evidence than grapple with the thorny truth, the problem is, Jesus just won’t stay dead. —Amy Clemens
Prayer: Resurrected Lord, deliver me from pride, forgive me for seeking comfort over truth.