For Your Consideration

YOUR EASTER IS COMING

Yes. He died.

Satan planned it. He controlled the crowd that asked against their best interest that a murderer be loosed and the man called Jesus killed. (They seemed not to know the meaning of the name?)

It was here he learned that he could use the self interest of their leaders and ignorance of the people for his purpose: at the plea for Barabbas1 in stead of Jesus, he knew he had them. Their errant plea also revealed future successes over Him whose singular purpose was to save them, a salvation only they could prevent it.

He had not been able to tempt Jesus to step out of His role and yield the world to him for the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, or the pride of life2. But he could have Jesus sacrificed by those He came to save at the behest of those who would foment distrust and hate to maintain their leadership statuses and the associated power, fortune, and fame3.


1)  Matthew 27:17-24 (KJV) Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? {18} For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. {19} When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. {20} But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. {21} The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. {22} Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. {23} And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. {24} When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

2)  1 John 2:16 (KJV) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

3)  Matthew 27:20 (KJV) But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

  • John 12:42-43 (KJV) Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: {43} For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.


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