JESUS BRINGS LIFE
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
WHEN THE CROWDS MOVE
It is incredible how the religious leaders had such pull in the city that they not only convinced the crowds to condemn Jesus, but they also got the Roman authorities to do so. Maybe the crowds were won over for a handful of reasons; maybe the masses did not like what Jesus was saying either. Their view of who the Messiah was supposed to be was not matching up with Jesus. Or perhaps they just listened to whatever the religious leaders would say. Regardless, when these verses say they, it is talking about a large group of people that wanted one thing: Jesus to die.
They bound him.
They led him away.
They delivered him over.
This was for the purpose of putting him to death. The crowds moved, and they plotted to take Jesus to the cross, which meant death.
WHEN JESUS HAS OTHER PLANS
He was bound, led away, and delivered over. Jesus was on his way to die. The people plotted to murder him. But Jesus had other plans. This was not going to end in death.
While the people bound him, Jesus was preparing to conquer death.
While the crowds led him away, Jesus was leading them to his Kingdom.
While the masses delivered him over to die, Jesus was delivering those he loved to himself.
While the crowds moved in order bring death, Jesus moved in order to give eternal life.
The 'gospel' is a word meaning 'good news.' Jesus went around telling people about this good news. Christians, following his example, also spread this gospel.
Put plainly: the gospel is that Jesus came to offer us life through a relationship with God.
This offered relationship is something God did. It is the best thing we can know. And I am more blessed than I can even begin to articulate, because I know this gospel.
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