Reflection 3


READ  Psalm 118:19-27 &  Luke 20


Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowds and then on the following day caused real upset by overturning the tables in the temple and declaring that they had made the temple a house of thieves when it should be a house of prayer. Everything that had happened put him on a collision course with the Religious leaders. He was becoming a huge problem to them and they had to do something about him. The Romans left them in peace provided everything was going smoothly and now they were concerned there would be a riot, and then the Romans would step in. So, they tried to catch Jesus out, to put a wedge between him and his disciples, in the hope that the problem would just go away.

The  religious leaders put Jesus to the test by raising a number to theological debates, in doing so they questioned his teaching and his God-given authority. They asked questions which they thought would catch out this uneducated carpenter from Nazareth, but Jesus answered them. No matter how hard they tried, they just couldn't win, he had an answer for everything they threw at him. They were getting nowhere, their challenges were just not working.

As we read these passages slowly and let them sink in, surely we are affected by what is going on. The only reason Jesus was facing the hostility and oppression was because of us, because of you and me. It was because of our sin that his death was necessary. He was on the receiving end of such hostility because of the sin of humanity. As the old hymn says:

He died that we might be forgiv'n,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heav'n,
saved by his precious blood.

There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin;
he only could unlock the gate
of heav'n, and let us in.

You and I may not have been there setting traps for Jesus and conspiring against him, but we are just as guilty for his death.

Thank God for his amazing mercy and incredible grace.