Throughout His ministry Jesus had done many miraculous works. On this day Jesus had called Lazarus out of the tomb after his having been dead four days. The word got back to the religious leaders in Jerusalem. They immediately called a council to discuss what they should do. “Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”(John 11:47-48) The decision was that Jesus must be killed. Of course we know that this was all in the plan of God for our redemption. But what strikes me here is how easily the desire for preserving our status, our livelihood, our personal benefits overcomes the clear evidence of a far greater and more important truth. Almighty God was clearly working in their midst, even as He does in many ways in our midst. Yet, it is so easy to be caught up in personal concerns that we fail to see the direction God desires. We have the daily call to trust again in the one true God who had demonstrated His love for us,(Romans 5:8) and to yield to His guiding hand.