When considering who was responsible for the death of Jesus it is easy to point
at finger at them, and them, and them……………………….
So I start by pointing a finger at the Sadducees, Pharisees and Herodians.
It was, after all, to the advantage of the Sadducees, Pharisees and Herodians
that Jesus should die. He was becoming so popular with the general public that
he was threatening the fabric of society. Except for Jesus everything was going
well. He was the thorn in the flesh.
I move on to point a finger at Annas and Caiaphas.
At a meeting of the Sanhedrin, which was the Jewish Council authoritative in
both religious and secular matters, the High Priest, Caiaphas, had stated that
it was to their “advantage that one man should die for the people, rather than
that the whole nation should perish.” (John 11:50). Caiaphas was not saying that
Jesus deserved death but that it would be convenient if he were to die. Such was
Jesus’ hold on the people that the Sanhedrin had become frightened both of the
people and of Jesus.
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