Epistles of Thomas

October 12, 2008

John 10-12

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 16:01

This section is full of irony, very pointed irony. It is interesting how many details John provides us in his account when compared to Mark for instance. He is very selective about which stories he includes but he provides more depth and a greater sense that we are there. The account of Lazarus, for example, includes information about his disciples thinking that Jesus meant Lazarus had fallen asleep rather than died (11:12). We don’t really need to know this, or do we? The fullest irony of this section comes out when Lazarus is raised from the dead. From that day on the religious leaders “plotted to take his life” because his actions will lead to the Romans taking away their temple and their nation (v48) or so they say. Caiaphas utters a prophecy without realising it (v49ff) and, most ironic of all, Lazarus’ presence was a continued embarrassment to them, thus “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 putting their faith in him” (12:10f). Presumably, they would kill Jesus first so that he couldn’t raise Lazarus from the dead again! It’s one of those times where you just have to utter, “What were they thinking!”


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