One Word –
For he [Pilate] perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him [Jesus] up. Mark 15:10
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 4, 5; Matthew 27; Mark 15
Big Idea –
We know the story. Jesus was born for this very reason, to take the sin of the world upon Himself dying in our place. The time had come, and Jesus was take by the religious leaders to stand before Pilate, he had the authority to order Jesus’ execution.
Knowing this story and all the players can at times cause us to miss some important details. The chief priests and the religious leaders, they are the bad guys right? Let’s not forget that while Jesus pointed out their hypocrisy, these men were looking for the Messiah. They wanted to honor the LORD, some in time even came to accept Jesus as the Christ.
Let’s not overlook what Pilate discerned. As he questioned Jesus and heard the charges brought against Him by the chief priests, Pilate understood that they were acting out of envy. Their prejudice and ill-will blinded them to the truth, a truth that Pilate could see. Although he handed Jesus over to be crucified, he washed his hands of Jesus’ blood and announces to all those present “I find no fault in this man” (Lk. 23:4 KJV).
Envy can affect us in the same way. We must guard our hearts so we don’t let it turn us against those who are our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I need to be careful not to allow feelings of envy or jealousy to bias my thinking of others.
Yes to Yield –
LORD Jesus, You alone know the truth about my heart and the hearts of others. Holy Spirit help me keep my heart from envy and forgive me for the thoughts and words I have towards others that are misguided. Lead me in truth; show me those I need to ask forgiveness and accomplish Your work of reconciliation.