John Chapter 11 (Continued)

When paying my respects for someone who has passed away it is amazing the difference in the family members of a believer who has gone to be with the L-rd. Although there is a sadness and grief among the loved ones, there is a calm and peace that they have known that their loved one is with Yeshua. On the other hand, when one dies who does not know Yeshua and the family does not know Yeshua, there is great emotional despair and anguish.

John11:35 Yeshua wept.

(This is the shortest verse in the Bible.)

John11:36-40 Then said the Jews, Behold how He loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

Yeshua, therefore again, groaning in Himself came to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Yeshua said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, say to Him, L-rd, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead four days. Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, didn’t I tell you, that, if you would believe, you would see the glory of G-d?

John 11:41-45 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Yeshua (Jesus) lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me. And when He had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Yeshua said to them, loose him, and let him go.

The Jewish people would wrap the body in linen cloth, adding spices to counteract the repulsive odors from decomposition. They did not wrap the body tightly like Egyptian mummies, but rather loosely with the head wrapped separately. This is indicated by the fact that Lazarus was able to leave the tomb before being unwrapped.

The eleventh letter is “Kaf” which means crowning accomplishment. What an accomplishment! Surely this man was greater than Moshe. Did Moshe raise people from the dead?

Then many of the Jews, which came to Mary, and had seen the things, which Yeshua did, believed on Him.

John 11:46-48 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Yeshua had done. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles. (These men could not deny the miracles.) If we leave him alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

These leaders had truly become corrupt. They did not care that a great miracle had been performed. Their hearts were hardened and spiritual eyes were blinded to Yeshua. They were only concerned with their personal position in the community and did not want that to be harmed.

John 11:49-53 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said to them, You know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spoke he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yeshua should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of G-d that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death.

Another accomplishment confirmed by the High Priest of the time! They knew the truth.

They plot to kill Yeshua.

John 11:54-57 Yeshua (Jesus) therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went from there to a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples. And the Jews' Passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. Then they sought Yeshua (Jesus), and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, "What do you think--that He will not come to the feast?" Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

Yeshua was now a wanted man.