The Son of Man will be delivered up ...

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

The contrast in these four verses of scripture are so stark when you compare the prophetic understanding of Christ to the evil scheming of the religious elders. On one hand we see a picture of light - Jesus knew what was going on.. he would not be caught unawares. On the other hand the religious elders were operating in absolute spiritual darkness and did not have a clue about what was really going on. The differences are so glaring.

I think that the lessons in this passage are so teachable for us today. When we operate in darkness, hiding behind physical and spiritual closed doors, we foster an environment where accountability and integrity are absent. And God has a way of exposing this kind of darkness in our lives. Over time this kind of scheming, both personal and corporate, always backfires on us as God sees it all and causes our dark deeds to be exposed in his light.

Shine you light on me Lord. Examine me and purge all darkness from me.

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