Matthew 26:1-5 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
A BOUNTY PLACED ON JESUS HEAD BY HIS ENEMIES. WHAT A MISSION!
The Pharisees and chief priests held a meeting to decide what they will do with Jesus and how they could arrest Jesus.
The heart of Jesus' enemies revealed. Let's listen to where deep rooted jealousy, hatred and envy of Jesus, lead these leaders. Scripture declares in John 11:47-48 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 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.”
Did you hear that? The Pharisees and chief priests admitted that Jesus was a miracle worker. They knew He was the Son Of God! They knew who He was, but yet rejected Him and refused to put their faith in Him! They hated Jesus and they were going to do something about it. Guess what, it was all a part of God's plan.
One of the rulers named Caiaphas spoke up and said these words in John 11:49-51 - Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
The Sovereignty of God is revealed in verse 51-52. God gave Caiaphas, the high priest, a prophecy concerning the death of Jesus. God is a God that sees, hears and knows all things. Nothing catches Him by surprise! God's sovereignty shows that He is supreme in power, authority, status, dominion and anything thinkable in the mind of man, God is even supreme to that! He is self sufficient and self dependent. In other words, God does not need us, we need Him. He is the Sovereign God!
If you notice in verse #51, it states that the high priest prophesied that Jesus would die. God revealed that to him, he did not figure that out on his own! Scripture declares that it was a prophecy!
Next we read these chilling words in verse #52 - “So from that day on, the Jewish rulers planned to kill Jesus.
The bounty placed on Jesus' head by the Pharisees and chief priests. Let's listen in John 11:57 -But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.
A BOUNTY PLACED ON JESUS HEAD BY HIS ENEMIES! HUUUUUMMMMMMMMMM!!
I love you all with the love of Christ!