So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. John 12: 10:11
Lazarus doesn't take up much space in the Bible. But his life carries a big message. The Bible gives no information on Lazarus other than Jesus called him from the grave. And his crime--living--caused the Sanhedrin (Jewish leaders) to put a price on his head. He embarrassed them. It became harder for them to deny the power of Christ.
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was a beggar named Lazarus covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table… Luke 16:25-29
Jesus’ parable gives many lessons. For my purposes, let's look at it from the perspective of the name the Lord gave the man. He called him Lazarus. Could he refer to the same Lazarus? No other parables name names. If you know of one, please correct me in the comments. The Lord doesn't give the rich man a name.
Lazarus wasn’t a common name. John, Judas, even Jesus apply to others. Nowhere in the Bible do we see another Lazarus. So, did the Lord prophecy the end of Lazarus’ life? Was Lazarus called out of the tomb to end as a starving beggar? A fugitive?
The Chief Priest vowed to kill Lazarus to squelch knowledge of Christ’s miracle.After years of running, this might foreshadow the outcome of his life.
I'm amazed anew at the destinies of those living in the will of God. For example, missionaries suffer poverty and danger, often dying for their faith. We honor God the most by our actions in hardship.
ISIS tries to squelch Christianity while watching it grow before their eyes. Those dying for Christ bring others into the kingdom at terrible cost. The elite of heaven, they do a work for Christ that we can't duplicate.
Sometimes the Lord opens the waters. Sometimes he teaches you to swim.
What do you think?
The Rich Man and Lazarus, John Everett Millais (London, 1800s)
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