We live in a society where it all boils down to the stats – the statistics. People use statistics to determine the projected outcome, success, or failure of so many things. You know, the polls will tell you that the numbers show support for this candidate or that candidate. During elections, you can move from newscast to newscast that will talk about the percentage of people set to support a particular person.
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
“Much” is a number word. Much (polys) would certainly remind you of the polls. According to the “much,” or the polls, the crowd must be right. After all, they have the numbers.
The crowd gathered because they had to lay their eyes on Lazarus. Lazarus had been dead for four days and the new teacher, Jesus, had raised Lazarus from the dead. Nothing could keep the crowd from desiring to see the evidence for themselves. For sure, there is nothing like seeing for yourself what others are talking about, especially if the event is just about unbelievable.
10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
This crowd was a moving stream and based on that miracle they were moving away from the state church to attach to a man who did not even have a church building. The crowd was speaking with their feet. They were walking away from what they have always known and walking to the new way under the leadership of Jesus.
Understand that the established church will always have an issue with the up and coming church. As it was in that day, so it is today.
The truth of the matter is that they could have gotten rid of Lazarus. However, that would have left Jesus around to raise another person from the dead. The only way that the scribes could guarantee that they would retain control in the religious sphere was to get rid of Jesus.
Now, how did the polls or the crowds invitingly help the scribes?
Well, the crowds were mightily impressed with the power of Jesus. Think about it: if Jesus could raise a man from the dead, surely Jesus could kill a lot of Roman Government officials. The people were already free from the established church. So, they wanted to be free from the established government.
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hence, when Jesus entered into Jerusalem, He was met with a carpet of palm leaves sprawled out on the ground and they hailed “HOSANNA!” They were saying, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Oh, they wanted a powerful Lord, and what they actually got was a meek Savior. They wanted a soldier, and what they got was a Savior. They wanted a king riding on a stallion, and what they got was a servant riding on a mule.
Jesus did not live up to their hype. When leaders do not bend and bow to the whims of the crowd, they can be criticized and even crucified. That was to become the plight of Jesus because He came to give them eternal life after living a life that, for some, would be a harsh life.
The crowd did the right thing with the wrong intent. Jesus is worthy to be praised because He is The Son of God and not because He will do what you want Him to do. Learn to honor Jesus, no matter what. Blessings Abound!