“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die!”
These are the words Jesus spoke to Martha just a short while before He called her brother Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus had been sick and everybody had expected Jesus to heal him, but instead waited until he died to come to Bethany when he had been dead four days. Jesus then raised Lazarus from the dead! Many believed in Jesus as Messiah after that, but some though they were shocked (and possibly believed) went and reported the incident to the religious leaders. Their response is quite startling. “Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” So, instead of worshiping God for this tremendous miracle they fretted over losing control and have the Romans wipe them out. Then it says, “Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death!”
Their hearts were so hard that they would choose to kill Jesus instead of believing in Him as their Messiah. It wasn’t a passive response. They plotted, planned and connived of ways to trap Him, arrest Him and kill Him. They chose murder over a miracle!