John 12:17-19 ( posted 9-24-13 )
“ The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.
For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him. “
“ The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. “
The Greek word “ emarturei “ translated “ bare record “ means charge, give evidence, give testimony, be well reported of. In other words, they verified with their own eyes what Jesus had done in raising Lazarus from the dead.
Whether these people later repented and continued to believe in Jesus we do not know but it is for certain even if they ended up in eternal hell they will always remember what they saw Jesus do.
“ For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. “
The people that witnessed what Jesus had done spread the word to others. Obviously, the people that witnessed what Jesus had done were of good reputation in society and were believed at their own word what they said Jesus had done.
“ The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him. “
The Greek word “ apelthen “ translated “ world is gone “ means quite similar in a way to the Greek word “ apostasy “ which means to depart, pass away, be past, follow behind, go away, go aside, go back.
These people the Jewish authorities were talking about were actually apostates to the religion of Judaism.
My friend, religions today still call their own who change their belief and follow other religions, apostates.
What the “ world “ in the eyes of the Jewish authorities was describing about the people who chose to follow Jesus after He raise Lazarus from the dead is what will happen today unfortunately with people who presently follow Jesus...some will go after someone or something else to put their faith in.
However, what was happening as the Jewish authorities described is what should be happening.
People need Jesus...especially today.
In contrast of today's news about the shopping mall that was attacked in Nairobi, notice that Jesus never taught those who follow Him to murder anyone who does not believe in Jesus.
This is the difference between hatred and love...having a conscience or lack of having one.
If you are someone who presently believes in Jesus always keep your faith in Him to the end of either your life or the world...whichever comes first.
The Lord bless you.
I will continue with verse 20 in the next study.
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