“After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.”
It’s 10 days before Easter. Let us take the next few days to get a glimpse of some of the events that transpired before the Easter weekend that made it possible for our eternity to be changed.
Nearing the feast of the Passover, the religious leaders plotted and schemed of how they might kill the Lord Jesus Christ. This was right before Mary of Bethany worshipped her Lord by breaking her box and pouring the ointment of spikenard upon His head.
Possessed by Satan, Judas Iscariot seeks out the chief priests to betray Christ. He had followed Him, he had served along side of Him, and yet he traded his relationship with Jesus Christ Himself for 30 pieces of silver. He sold out. Judas had already talked with the priests before the Passover in the upper room. Christ sat down with His eleven disciples and the Betrayer himself.
The world we live in today is similar to that of what Jesus and His disciples faced. Religious oppression and persecution is becoming more rampant with each day that passes. The Name of Jesus is not popular. What was once considered right is now considered wrong, and vice versa.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
The devil uses many tactics to distract and deter from the Truth. He wants to keep people in the dark. The world is getting used to the dark, and they like it. The Bible even warns us of their love of darkness, and their hate of the Light.
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:19-20
The darkness of this world gives us as Christians the opportunity to let our lights shine for Jesus Christ so that others may see. The darker it gets, the more effective a few lights can be!
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3
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