We know Jesus came on a mission to redeem humanity through His death and resurrection. We understand that He was God in the flesh, our heavenly Father who came to show His love for us. We understand that all things are possible with God, and that He could with one word cause the world to believe on Him; however, for the world to be reconciled unto God the penalty for our human transgression had to be punished, and the punishment was death. In -order to fulfill His mission Jesus had to hide His divine nature where at times He pointed it out clearly. Some believed on Him others hate Him although He done no man wrong. Although we know He came to die for the sins of the world a mission He accomplished the Pharisees reason for killing Christ had a different motive. In our view it was political, their reasoning for killing Jesus was for fear of losing the nation to the Romans the leading power of the day. The Romans did not like to be challenged, they had decreed the Pax Romana or the Roman peace, and Jesus gathering a large following was becoming the subject of the day.
The Pharisees did not have any doubts to who Jesus was, they had plenty of evidence concerning Jesus. What the Pharisees did was to compromise their faith fearing the Romans rather than believing in God. They compromise the temple service to cheat and raised money to pay off the Romans preventing the Romans from sending in their own men to tax the nation. On account of this movement and act of fear many Pharisees were employed by the High priest and temple elders to collect taxes from their own people. This led to a great deal of tension between Jews, if you were a tax collector, you were hated and such was the case with Matthew when Jesus went to His house. Jesus was accused of eating with tax collectors and sinners. The timing of the Roman kingdom coming to power during the time of Jesus was God’s plan that He might fulfill His mission by dying on the cross for our sins. Jesus came to die for us because He loved us, and not only us, but our enemies, and those who are afar off. He loved the Pharisees, who rejected him based on their fear of the Romans, yet it was all for the good of the world that He was rejected by His own people.
The Pharisees knew who Jesus was, They saw the works He did and understood He was God’s son. They Knew Him and many chose to put aside their fear for the Romans to accept Jesus Christ. John 11:45 “Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.” Some chose not to believe for fear the Romans might send the army in to destroy their nation. John 11:46 “But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.” They confessed Jesus divine nature yet denying and rejecting Him they plot to kill Him out of fear of what the Romans might do.. John 11:47-48 “Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation”. News was spreading about Jesus and Rome did not like the growing challenge Jesus present the kingdom with. If this rebellion continues to grow they might send in the army taking away the power of the Pharisees submitting the nation under hard bondage. Jesus was the light to the nation shedding light on the wrongs of the kingdom and giving renewed hope to the people. In the end they would have him killed, but this was all according to God’s plan.
John 11:49-53 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
Jesus died fro the world accomplishing God’s mission of and purpose for salvation giving us the peace and the kingdom we becoming sons of God. Let us praise our King and embrace God’s love through His person Jesus Christ.