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Religious Leaders Plot to Kill Jesus
Please read from your favorite translation of the Bible John 11:45-57, and include Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2
Why do you think that Yahweh God chose the Passover as the time in history for the next series of events to take place? What significance did the Passover have
The Passover was established by Moses in the Old Testament to help the children of Israel to remember when they were slaves under an oppressive ruler. In the Book of Exodus, the plight of Yahweh God’s people living in that bondage is described. It takes an incredible series of events leading up to the plague of the death of the firstborn ‘passing over’ Egypt that fateful night to sway an evil man to release his hold upon the captive nation. The Jewish people who listened to the words of Moses, believing they were utterings from Yahweh God Himself, took the blood of a firstborn lamb and spread it above their doorframes. This act of faith spared their family sheltering inside the home the plague that spread over Egypt and claimed the firstborn of every living thing. As a result, Pharoah was so shaken set the people of Israel free of their bondage.
(45) After Christ Jesus revived Lazarus, many of the Jewish people who had been with Mary in her mourning witnessed what the Messiah did and believed in Him.
Matthew 26:1-2 indicates that Christ Jesus had been speaking with His disciples. He told them that the Passover was in two days and that He would be handed over to be crucified.
(46) However, some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
(47-48) When the leading priests and the Pharisees called the high council together, they asked each other, "What are we going to do? This Man certainly performs many miraculous signs. If we allow Him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in Him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation." The ruling class feared losing their place of power within their society more than losing the followers who listened to Christ Jesus.
(49-50) Caiaphas, the high priest at that time, scoffed, "You do not know what you are talking about! Don’t you realize that it is better for us that one man should die for the people rather than for the whole nation to be destroyed."
Caiaphas uttered a prophetic statement – that Jesus needed to die for the nation of Israel, sparing them the brutality of Roman conquest (Matthew 26:3-4). He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time, he was led by the Holy Spirit to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation. And not only for that Nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of Yahweh God scattered around the world.
According to Mark 14:1 and Luke 22:1, the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were just two days away. The chief priests and the Pharisees looked for a covert way to arrest the Messiah and kill Him. The religious leaders realized the popularity of Christ Jesus among the people and did not want to arrest Him in public, which could have instigated a riot during the celebration (Matthew 26:5; Mark 14:2; Luke 22:2).
(53-54) From that day on the Jewish religious leaders in the Sanhedrin plotted to kill Jesus. Therefore, Christ Jesus no longer went about in public preaching among the Jews. He and his disciples withdrew to the town of Ephraim near the wilderness.
(55-57) It was now almost time for the Jewish Passover celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the purification ceremony before the Passover began. They kept looking for Jesus, but as they stood around in the Temple, they said to each other, "What do you think? He will not come for Passover, will He?" Meanwhile, the leading priests and the Pharisees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing Jesus must report it immediately so they could arrest Him.
What benefits of the Passover exist for us, the rest of humanity, to realize?
Christ Jesus is the Firstborn, the Lamb of Yahweh God, whose blood was shed for all humanity. We only have to believe in the divine providence of our Heavenly Father to be set free of the bondage of sin. That the Lord was placed upon the cross at the time of the Passover symbolizes the importance we hold in the eyes of the Creator. He loves each of us dearly and desires that we free ourselves of the debt of death we owe for the sinful nature we live in. Read and believe in what the Gospels teach you about the Blessed Messiah. Know in your heart what His sacrifice meant and accept the blood He spilled to remove your sin.