For three years, Jesus had traveled throughout the country preaching the Gospel, performing miracles, fulfilling prophecies, training apostles, etc. His fame had spread and many people followed Him, believing Him to be the Promised Messiah. His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday was the high point of His ministry so far.
It was also the last straw for the leaders who had seen their power, popularity and followers decrease as Jesus’s increased. Their fear of losing power or having their ambitions crushed resulted in them plotting Jesus’s death.
That reminds me of Joseph’s situation when his brothers sold him into slavery. He ended up being second in command in Egypt and saved his people from starvation. Joseph told them in Genesis 50.20 “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.”
It is an extreme understatement to say what Jesus did on Good Friday was only “good.” He paid the debt for our sins and opened the gates of...
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