45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” John 11:45 – 48 (ESV)
Jesus has just performed one of his greatest miracles by publicly raising Lazarus from the dead. One would think that the crowd would have responded in amazement, belief and reverential awe for God, but instead it was mixed. Many of the Jews believed. These were not the Jewish leaders, but the text suggests these are the Jewish friends of Mary and Martha who had come to grieve the passing of their brother. Some left and went to the Jewish authorities and informed them of Jesus’ miracle.
It’s amazing as we read in verse 45 the two responses to the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead.
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