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 miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe
in him...". John 11:47-48 (NIV)
Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead. The Pharisees, fellow Jews who emphasized their belief in the resurrection of the dead, got upset. About what? (1) That a dead man had been raised to life. Imagine the chagrin of the Sadduccee members of the Sanhedrin when they say how the Pharisees pitched a fit about the miracle involving Lazarus. (The Sadduccees did not believe in a resurrection). (2) That their own works were not being noticed. "What are we accomplishing?" The Pharisees wanted to have the limelight; it was all about them and their works. Dead works, dead fruit. It did not even matter to them that Jesus had performed "many miraculous signs", self-absorbed as the Pharisees were. This why Jesus had earlier told the Pharisees:
If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me. But if I am doing them,
even if you do not believe me, believe the works so that you will know and understand
that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father. (John 10:37-38 NIV)
Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Any bolded words are mine.
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