The religious leadership wasn’t too upset about Roman governance. They had the ability to worship freely and take care of many of their own matters. One of the only thing that they couldn’t do is impose the death penalty. They didn’t want someone upsetting the balance, and they worried that a popular figure who could do miracles would be proclaimed the Messiah. Since the leadership and the people were thinking in terms of a political and military leader, the leadership was afraid that Rome would see a Messiah as the precursor to a rebellion and impose significant restrictions on the Jewish people. They come to the conclusion that the best thing would be to have Jesus put to death. The high priest makes such a remark, not realizing that the Holy Spirit was using him to utter a profound theological truth: “You do not realize that it is more to your advantage to have one man die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” In truth, Jesus died so that we could live and escape the penalty for our sins when we believe in Him!
2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.”
1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed.”
The tension is palpable. The people understand why the leadership wants it reported if Jesus comes to Jerusalem. Will He come to the feast or not? Stay tuned…..