Not much to say here — certianly not of a religious or spiritual nature.
It is a short transitional passage leading up to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. From a narrative standpoint it escalates the dramatic tension. From the old us vs. them motif that John seems to revel in — its another nail in the Pharisee’s coffin lid — so to speak.
I also thing in its anachronistic. It presents the leaders of the Jewish people so upset about folks deserting the faith to follow Jesus that they are willing to arrange an assassination of Lazarus over it.
But at this point — Jesus is a Jewish preacher. I’m not saying the events did not happen. I’m saying teh way they are framed seems to me to refelct the perspective of a later point in history — when Jews and Christians are at least starting see themselves as different faiths or at least different communities.
It is important to me that Christians not lose their sense of Jewish roots. Passages like this encourage us to see “the Jews” as a different group hostile to our “true faith”. Christians run into trouble everytime we forget that we are a minor Jewish sect.