Tuesday, March 21
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
“When morning came” means the priests and the council, the elders, were up all night conferring, figuring out what to be done. Probably arguing. What were they conferring about? Would their treatment of Jesus curry favor with the Romans? What would be the consequences of letting Him go? Was Jesus a threat to their power or not? Even if they agreed He was a threat, that couldn’t be their stated reason to condemn Him, could it? Were they considering the “right” choice or the political choice? How can we not see this as a political decision, a decision about social power? Then, as now and as always, groups coalesce around a position or an ideology and form their own system of truths. Groups jostle for power, to be in the position to spread their truth. Jesus shows, by dispensing of all power, the futility of this. God’s love is the one truth, the one power.