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UNDAILY Episode 91

Therefore, many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 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. 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”. Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So, from that day on they plotted to take his life. 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. When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 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?” 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, 45-57 (NIV)

What do we do with what exceeds our capacity to understand? Do we reject it from our consciousness, or do we view the matter in a new light? In the eleventh chapter of the Gospel according to John, we find a story that particularly forces us to confront our approach to life. This is a scene that took place right after the resurrection of Lazarus and represents a collision of heavenly power with human patterns, plans, and fears. In times when our lives seem dominated by the pursuit of maintaining a material status and algorithms suggest what to do, think, or even feel, the effects of Lazarus's resurrection strike like a bolt from the blue. People who witnessed what Jesus did were faced with a choice. To believe that what seems impossible is possible, or to run and report to the Pharisees, trying to sweep the miraculous event under the carpet.



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