9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.John 12:9–11 (NKJV)
What is the motivation for people’s actions? In this passage, the story of Lazarus’ resurrection elicits different emotions and purposes in the hearts of the hearers. People came to see Jesus, but also to see this man who was raised from the dead, Lazarus. Some were curious to witness the life of a man who was very dead for four days. Others, though, fearing the power this might afford Jesus Christ, sought to kill him and quell the furor about the ability of Jesus to save, deliver, and heal. They were losing followers to this man who taught a better way, and it threatened their power. For whatever reason, people wanted to see Lazarus. Be sure that your motives are pure. Be sure that your feelings about others’ success are positive and affirming, not jealous and vengeful. Be a seeker of truth and of God, not a seeker of vengeance. God will raise you up in due time. Be happy for others when their time comes as well!