“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. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well. Because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.” John 12:9-11
There was a reason why the religious leaders plotted to kill Lazarus, for Lazarus represented the complete Christ, for his rising from the dead at the hands of Jesus proved beyond a doubt that Christ was the Messiah. If they could kill Lazarus, they could kill the reputation of Jesus so the people would not believe on him, much less follow him. Nearly 2,000 yrs later nothing has changed.
Whenever a person steps out in faith and begins to do the work in their calling, religion will never be satisfied until that individual comes to ruin. That is the nature of religion, it kills anything which gives hope to people and in turn leads them away from the bondage religion has them bound in. That’s why full gospel preaching is resisted by religion, because it threatens the establishment.
Killing Lazarus is the only means to silence the work God. Whether it’s removing the cross from the church, throwing away Hymnals, or removing the altar and replacing it with entertainment, secular music or message which tickle the ear, religion will always find a way to kill Lazarus. That is the very nature of religion, it hates Lazarus because Lazarus symbolizes spiritual freedom to the believer. The modern church is still trying to kill Lazarus today and it’s doing it by attacking the message of the cross. By undermining the cross, it tries to divert the people away from the cross back to what religion says is better; works, keeping the law, observing rituals, anything that keeps people in their spiritual bondage and not the cross as the only means to liberty religion will resist and if need be, kill.
Again, Lazarus (the cross) represents everything that religion hates and it will always will. But when the people see and realize that there is complete freedom in the cross, the spirit of religion will have no authority over the believer which gives them the freedom from such spiritual bondage. That is why Lazarus (the cross) is despised and rejected, because it exposes man’s efforts which are meaningless, its self efforts and its relying on everything else other than the cross is seen for what it is – religion.