Our text today covers Judas’ betrayal and the disciples’ preparation for the Passover. However it starts off with the religious priests and scribes plot to kill Jesus.
Now, why were the chief priests and scribes plotting to kill Jesus? Was it a sudden disagreement with Him? No. Was it because they were jealous of his sudden rise and fame? Maybe, but that wasn’t the reason given in God’s Word here. Did they feel like He broke certain promises to them or let down by who they thought that the Messiah should be? That’s not the reason listed here. Was it because they thought Jesus was really, really, ridiculously good looking? Even Derek Zoolander recognized that there’s more to life then our physical appearance. So why were they plotting to kill Jesus? It says in verse 1 because they FEARED the people. FEAR. That’s why they wanted to kill the One who offered them hope out of the impossible religious rules and laws that they put on themselves and others. The promised Messiah that they anticipated would be crucified by His chosen people’s own hands. Of course, our sovereign God knew this would all take place and even planned for it but it doesn’t take away from the truth of the Holy Scriptures mentioned fear as the motive of this injust murder plot.
But are we really above that deceptive idol of fear? I don’t think so. I know fear drives me to illogical and irrational actions just as much as the religious leaders of Jesus’ time. When we see everything in this world as a threat, from different false religions to the government to Hollywood liberals we soon speak and act out of fear in a condescending, defeatist, alarming tone and rhetoric. But that’s not the language of our Savior and the conclusion to God’s story. We have nothing to fear for He has truly finished the work He has begun. The same God who created the heavens and earth, who has authority to calm the seas and raise the dead is the same God who tells us “Do Not Fear for I AM YOUR GOD” more then any other command in Scripture. We’re not above the fear that falsely accused, arrested and killed Jesus. We just live on the other side of it through repentance of that lack of faith in our Risen Savior and His fulfilled promises.
• How has FEAR been a motive for unhealthy, sinful actions or thoughts for you lately?
• What else did you learn from today’s passage?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor