John 12:9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. ESV
What is the general theme of the passage?
Jesus and Lazarus are attracting too much attention. The people have heard of the power of Jesus’s life to destroy death and come to see for themselves. They’ve believed. The chief priests have also seen…and believe death will preserve their power and have “made plans” to destroy life.
What does it say about people?
People have heard of Lazarus having being raised from the dead. They have seen Lazarus. He’s the confirmation of what they’ve heard and they are “going away and believing in Jesus.”
Is there truth here for me?
The phrase “going away” is what has alarmed the chief priests. Going away…from obedience to a powerful, well-developed and highly refined legal system designed to be their evidence that God verifies them. “Many of the Jews are going away” to follow this man, who the priests have identified as an itinerant outlaw, because they have believed Jesus is their evidence that verifies God.