Jesus received word that Lazarus was sick and He knew that His friend would die. It not be safe Judea, but Thomas urges the other disciples to go along with Jesus, even if they were to die with Him.
The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44). The raising of Lazarus took place about the end of February A.D. 33, or about six weeks before the Passover. His sickness was to become an occasion for showing the power and glory of God and of His Son. The Jews believed that for three days the soul hovered about the sepulchre anxious to re-enter the body. Had Jesus arrived within three days, it might have been pronounced no miracle.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” is the main point of this parabolic-miracle. Jesus in not only life but conveys life to the believer so that death will never triumph over him. The one believing in Jesus will never die, but will receive eternal life.
This is the seventh miracle of Jesus recorded in John’s Gospel. There are many lessons it. But one, in particular, is Lazarus represents the salvation of the lost sinner in seven ways:
1. He was dead, John 11:14
2. He was decayed, 11:39
3. He was raised and given life, 11:41-44
4. He was loosed, 11:44
5. He witnessed to others, 11:45
6. He fellowshipped with Christ, 12:1-2
7. He was persecuted, 12:10-11
The Prophecy of Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin’s Decision (John 11:45-54). When the Chief Priests and Pharisees learned of the resurrection, they called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.