Jesus’ Life: Chapter 13 – Jesus’ Final Ministry In Jerusalem
Jesus had again established his great leadership status when he drove the moneychangers, buyers and sellers, and the animals out of the Temple courts. His actions added to the interest of the crowds that came to hear him preach and, amazed by his teachings, many believed his new message.
However, the leaders of the Jewish people, their Chief Priests and Experts in the Law, on seeing and hearing what was happening, “feared” Jesus. Their status and power were under threat but they were unable to find fault with his claims so, they conspired to have him “assassinated”. To their frustration, even their plan to do that was undermined as “they could not find a way to do it, for all the people hung on his words”. (Mark 11:18-19, Luke 19:47-48)
Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat…, which ultimately causes a change in behaviour, such as fleeing, hiding or freezing. (Wikipedia)
But, why assassinate someone who does good, brings good news and offers a road plan for our eternal happiness?
Lord Jesus, thank you for your fearless actions and bringing your Word into my life. Humbly accept my feeble prayers as I try to grow closer to you.
Prayer: Sweet Jesus (St Thomas Aquinas)
Sweet Jesus, Body and Blood most Holy,
be the delight and pleasure of my soul,
my strength and salvation in all temptations,
my joy and peace in every trial,
my light and guide in every word and deed,
and my final protector in death. Amen.