“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
We Are Not Alone
(Please read Mark 12:12)
When we read about the murder of Jesus, we may get the impression that the majority of the people in Jerusalem took part in those terrible events. But our text indicates that this was not the case. Instead, the religious leaders, who in this case are identified in Mark 11:27 as “the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders” (NIV) “looked for a way to arrest him. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.”
Those leaders sent others to trap Jesus so that somehow they would have plausible grounds to arrest him. They were unsuccessful and turned away. And “the large crowd listened to him with delight” (Mark 12:37).
It was that small group of religious leaders, and a few of their followers, who with the help of the governing Romans finally managed to arrest Jesus, incite mob violence, and put him to death. It was not for righteous reasons that they did this; even Pilate, the governor, “knew that it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him” (Matthew 27:18). Many of his followers thought then that all was lost, but they were wrong; he still lives!
Christ’s enemies today preach political correctness and with help from relatively few “opinion leaders” sometimes seem about to kill his influence and contaminate our culture with evil lifestyles. But we are not alone, perhaps not even in the minority. The Lord is with his people, and “at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).