Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So 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. –John 12:9-11
I read a story once about a man who was accused of committing a terrible string of violent crimes. Some witnesses came forward to testify against him, and they had to be placed in protective custody because their lives were in danger. The accused man was so powerful that he hired people to have the witnesses killed so that they could never testify against him.
The Scripture says that after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead that the religious leaders not only wanted to kill Jesus, but they also wanted to kill Lazarus. As long as Lazarus was alive he was a living testimony of the power of God. Had they been able to kill him, they would have silenced his testimony as to what the Lord had done for him in bringing him back from the dead.
Understand that as long as we are doing nothing for the kingdom of God and keeping our mouths closed as to what Christ has done for us then we pose no threat to the devil and his work. However, when we begin to openly share, witness, and testify as to what Christ has done for us, then suddenly we are a threat to the dark forces of the world. Our calling in Jesus Christ is to not be afraid, intimidated, or silenced, but rather we boldly and openly witness about Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers.
As followers of Jesus Christ, let’s be certain that we are daily a threat to the dark forces that exist in the world. Someone has said that rather than curse the darkness light a candle. Let us hold forth the light of Jesus Christ that others may see and come to faith in Him.
Share His light, walk in the light, and boldly proclaim what the Lord has done.