Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Conspiracy to Commit Murder
Briefing: You receive information that a drug gang is planning an attack on you because of your recent impact on their "business". Your agency offers you protection. What would you do?
Dispatch (Assignment): What is the penalty for conspiracy to commit murder in your jurisdiction? Read Matthew 26:1-5.
On the Street: In the chapter leading up to 26, we see Jesus doing a lot of teaching. It is like actors when their blockbuster movie is about to be released. They make the circuit with appearances on every talk show in town. Obviously, there is a great contrast between Jesus trying to share life and an actor trying to drum up business, but you get the idea.
Some of the people in the crowds that He had spoken to were the Pharisees, chief priests and the elders of the people. They were the political giants of their day. Even though they were responsible for the welfare of the people, they were corrupt. Jesus referred to the people of Israel as sheep without a shepherd.
These "leaders" of Israel were afraid of Jesus. They feared He might actually be who He claimed to be, the Christ. If this were true, they would be in danger of losing all they had worked for ? power, influence and wealth. This guy was actually starting to convince many people. His triumphal entry must have really enraged them, not to mention every time they tried to trip Him up with questions. He would wow them and the crowd with His answers.
Reading out of the NIV, they use the word "sly" when referring to how the chief priests and elders were plotting to arrest and kill Jesus. They were nothing but a bunch of mob bosses conspiring to commit murder.
The reason they did not want to arrest and kill Him during the feast was because they did not want to start a riot. This was important because Jerusalem was occupied by Rome at the time. Rome still allowed Jerusalem to handle civil matters using their own system. The chief priests and elders were afraid if there was a riot, Rome would totally take over all aspects of government and they would lose their leadership positions.
Jesus is headed for crucifixion. He even knows it will be during the Passover. The chief priests don't want His death to take place during the feast, but this is Jesus' path and no man can change His course. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."- John 3:16
Investigational Resources: Hebrews 12:2 ? Jesus had His eyes fixed on obeying the Father, which meant going to the cross. See John 3:16-21 also.
Officer Safety Principle: The chief priests and elders were willing to kill Jesus in order to keep their power. What are you holding onto today that prevents you from letting Jesus be the King of your life?
from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.