Friday, November 12, 2010

Navigating the legal, political, religious and military maze

The Jewish religious leaders needed to get rid a big problem that was getting bigger. They couldn't impose the death penalty, but the government could.

The political leaders wanted to avert an insurrection in their domain. Appeasement of the masses. They didn't want to make the restless, resentful subjects even more angry than they already were.

The military was taught to blindly carry out the orders given to them. They would intimidate, brutalize or kill anyone or any group that stepped out of line of the rule of the empire.

Jesus himself knew that he must die, a sinless sacrifice, to pay for the sins of the world.

Mark 15:1 "Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council[a]—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.

2 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “You have said it.”
3 Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, 4 and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” 5 But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.

6 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested. 7 One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. 8 The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.

9 “Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11 But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. 12 Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”

13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”

But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

15 So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified."

Jesus - sinless - was condemned to die!

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