All of the cheers have died down, all the palm branches swept away, and now the conspirators are hard at work behind the scenes meeting and plotting. “What did he say? What did he do? How did he mislead people? Did he make promises that he couldn’t keep? Did he spend money that wasn’t his? Was he a false leader?” They wanted him gone. He posed a threat to their power, their influence, their control and he needed to be eliminated. So they collected false witnesses – people to lie or twist truth so that it sounded sanitized and then finally they could have someone they wanted or they themselves would lead.
We want what’s popular – what tickles our ears – but doesn’t ask too much from us. We can live our little lives without being challenged or to really wash the smelly feet of the poor or hungry. We’ll be safe with our own little seders (but we’ll give them a different name) and we’ll feed ourselves and talk about sports and gossip about our neighbors just before we walk into the courts of worship and we will seem godly and holy. But He has a mission. He will heal on the Sabbath, open the eyes of the blind, and touch the leper. All the popular self righteous religious ones will reject the One who has the eyes of His Father to see the future and even forgive those who hate him.
There is only one possible outcome. He must be put to death – otherwise we will all have to change – it will upset everything. No more posing before this man who loves all the way. We’ll end up forgiving seven times seventy and who wants to do that? Just three more days and it all begins – the end that is the beginning. Monday Jesus would leave the village of Bethany. He would curse the fig tree on the way into the city. He would weep over the people of Jerusalem. He would cleanse the temple for perhaps a second time in His ministry and then return for the night to Bethany. There he would retreat with his close intimate circle of friends. Will you journey with Him?