Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43-44). The crowds, attracted by Jesus’ power, are more amazed than ever. The Sanhedrin, scared by Jesus’ authority, are more homicidal than ever. The crowds welcome Jesus as King. The Sanhedrin plot to kill him (John 11:53). They made plans to kill Lazarus as well. Too many people believing in Jesus because of him (John 12:10-11).
Jesus raises a man from the dead. The Sanhedrin want to put them both to death.
Jesus exercises supernatural authority. The Sanhedrin want to protect their temporal authority.
Now it’s what we know as Palm Sunday. Jesus has made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The crowds may have seen him as the Messiah come to his people. We see him as the Savior come to all peoples.
John 12:19 records the frustrated words of some Pharisees, members of the Sanhedrin,
See, this is getting us nowhere.
Look how the whole world has gone after him!
The whole world has gone after him.
The whole world.
Every culture in the world, anthropology teaches, have some sort of God or gods. People everywhere—no matter their language or location—know somehow that there is life outside of this life, power beyond know power, and some creator/s that formed humanity and all the earth.
As Romans 1:19-20 says, “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Not all of of those peoples believe in Jesus. Not all of them have even heard his name. Yet all of them know there is someone or something else.
All except one. One group of people patently deny the existence of God: atheists.
It is a strange phenomenon, however, that there is only place in the whole world of billions of people you find atheists: among the highly educated.
Universities, whose very name come from Latin meaning “one truth” referring directly to biblical revelation, have redefined truth and made it relative. When truth is relative, when the Bible is not authoritative, and when you are adrift in the sea of humanism, you can explain away that which seems contrarian, doesn’t fit your worldview, or makes you uncomfortable.
The whole world may go after him—Jesus—but not you. You can deny him.
Too smart for your own good.
Too smart to know God.