John Lesson 15 Day 5 Day 6 ~ John 11:45-57
12. Miracles don’t make us believe.
Many believed in Jesus because of the miracle they saw with their own eyes.
Some went to the Pharisees to report what Jesus did.
Miracles only push those who are on the fence over to the side of believing. But those who have hardened their hearts to God will not believe even if they see someone raised from the dead. “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31). Andrew Wommack
13. a. The Pharisees freak out.
“If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him.”
“The Romans will come and remove what little power and privilege we still have.” (MSG)
b. The Pharisees’ real problem
“What do we do now?” they asked. “This man keeps on doing things, creating God-signs. If we let him go on, pretty soon everyone will be believing in him and the Romans will come and remove what little power and privilege we still have.”
If we permit him to work but a few more miracles like these two last (the cure of the blind man, and the resurrection of Lazarus) he will be universally acknowledged for the Messiah; the people will proclaim him king; and the Romans, who can suffer no government here but their own, will be so irritated that they will send their armies against us, and destroy our temple, and utterly dissolve our civil and ecclesiastical existence. Thus, under the pretense of the public good, these men of blood hide their hatred against Christ, and resolve to put him to death. To get the people on their side, they must give the alarm of destruction to the nation: if this man be permitted to live, we shall be all destroyed! Their former weapons will not now avail. On the subject of keeping the Sabbath, they had been already confounded; and his last miracles were so incontestable that they could no longer cry out, He is a deceiver. Adam Clarke
Caiaphas the High Priest had the most to lose. He lived in a magnificent palace.
Since there was no king during the first century A.D., both religious and political power rested in the high priest. He was the mediator between the Jewish people and their dealings with Rome. Andrew Wommack
14. John 11:50-52
Nor do you understand that it is expedient and politically advantageous for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”51 Now he did not say this [simply] on his own initiative; but being the high priest that year, he [was unknowingly used by God and] prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, (AMP)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV)
That’s exactly what Jesus did. He died so all nations could live.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (NIV)
God’s plan comes together. Even Satan had no idea.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (ESV)
15. John 11
I learned the significance of the blind man’s healing and Lazarus’ resurrection. I also learned they are bookends to the series of miracles Jesus performed during that time.
I’m always amazed how a hard heart leads to spiritual blindness.
Pray that I will live and move and have my being by faith in him and his power.
I pray that God will show me the areas where my heart remains hardened toward him.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 15 Day 5 Day 6 ~ John 11:45-57