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His popularity has grown. More and more people as following him and his teachings. People are talking, beginning to wonder if he might be the one they have been waiting for; the Messiah, sent from God to redeem the nation of Israel. And while many would think this was a good thing, the religious rulers of the day did not. Their selfishness and pride clouded their vision. Instead of fearing God, they feared the Roman empire. The feared losing their power, their position, and their wealth. Jesus was a problem that needed to be fixed, permanently. He needed to die.
The rulers met to discuss the matter. Then Caiaphas, the Chief Priest spoke. ‘Don’t you realize? Isn’t better that one man be killed so the rest might be spared and live.’ And while his words were said to save Israel, the impact of his comment rings true on a much larger scale. Jesus was going to die, not just for Israel, but for the whole world.
A plan was hatched; a plan to get rid of Jesus before he could ruin the good thing they had going with Rome. It was sinister, evil, and premeditated. But it was God’s plan all along. God’s plan to rescue his children. God’s plan that one man would die in the place of the many.
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