Read about Jesus last week and the events leading up to His arrest: Matthew 26:1-16, Mark 14:1-12, Luke 22:1-6, John 12:20-36.
I see the word “then” often as I read these passages. The story unfolds as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell about Jesus’ last week of walking this earth clothed in flesh. “And then . . . ” they say, showing us the sequences of events are coming one right after the other.
- Passover draws near.
- Jesus tells His disciples plainly that He is about to be killed.
- He is anointed with precious ointment and acknowledges it is for His burial.
- The Pharisees plot Jesus’ arrest.
- Judas falls right into their hands and suggests he can help, for a price.
- Jesus says He will be lifted up, crucified.
It’s as plain as the nose on your face. The plan is in place. The stage is set. The will of the Lord is written in heavenly stone and it will come to pass.
Yet some still do not believe.
Matthew and Mark give us a peek into the private conversations of the Pharisees and elders who want Jesus dead. “But not during the feast [Passover] or the people might riot,” they say to one another. Why would they say this? Because Jerusalem will be teeming with people from other countries, visitors coming for Passover who have heard of the Miracle Worker. Because Jesus had a huge following who had seen the wonders and believed He was the promised Messiah. Because crowds had just hailed Him last Sunday as the One who would come and deliver them.
This was not the right time for an uprising. Not the time for a crucifixion.
But it was the time, the fullness of time, God’s time. All things pointed to Jesus’ death. And it would come to pass. This year He would be the Passover Lamb.
Just like the ointment poured on His feet, He would be poured out for the sins of the world, the precious blood of a Lamb without blemish, a fountain flowing forever. And nothing, not the powers of hell or anything else, can stop Him.
We have almost completed our 40-day journey. Stay with us, won’t you?
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