By Olufunso Joseph Omidiran www.livingsword.org
Those who murdered Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour 2000 years ago were religious leaders cum politicians. It was revealed in the Bible that these folks were intelligent lawyers or theologians, educated elites and clever manipulators. They were murderous power brokers, nay, religious assassins who used the poor, gullible and unintelligent masses as cheap tools for their purpose.
The Throne of Iniquity
20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You? 21 They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood.
The rulers who slew the Lord are exemplified by the throne of iniquity. They used their high and exalted religious and political offices to eliminate the Righteous. They used the Law of God which they deliberately misinterpreted to achieve their aim.
Caiphas the High Priest
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 “If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” 49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 “nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. 53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
Caiphas the High Priest was at the head of the powerful council in Jerusalem who wanted Jesus out of the way by all means. These politicians had a fear that if Jesus persisted with His reformative doctrines, spiritual revolution and miraculous works, all the masses would flock after Him; this would weaken their political influence and in turn empower the Roman feudal lords or colonial masters. At first, it seemed as if these religious and political jobbers were zealously protecting the interest of the Jewish nation, not wanting it to be overrun by the Romans. However, it became apparent that they only wanted to protect their own selfish interest, means of ill-gotten income and political power.
Caiphas the “Prophet”
49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 “nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation
Occasioned by his spiritual office and anointing, Caiphas the ungodly high priest actually prophesied about the imminent death of Christ. Under the Old Covenant, the high priest was symbolic of Christ, the High Priest of the New Covenant. Caiphas based his conclusion or “prophecy” on the probability that Jesus would instigate the poor masses to resist the dominance of the Jewish political elites, which would in turn give further power to the Roman feudal lords. Hence, in their opinion, it became urgent that Jesus should be eliminated and His influence clipped before He could gain the hearts of the majority. Caiphas prophecy about Jesus’ death was indirect. He “prophesied” with the wrong underpinning intention. His prophecy wasn’t meant to edify, exhort or comfort God’s people (1Corinthians 14:3). But, did Jesus’ death stop Roman dominance over Israel?
Error of our Modern Times
Do we not still have a similar scenario today? Isn’t it interesting that the same kind of politics in the world exists in church organisations today? This is upsetting and distressing. Quest for power or positions of authority have turned some folks to insatiable monsters who callously crush anyone that seems to stand in their way. What shall be the hope of the church today when bloodthirsty, power-hungry murderers and enemies of Jesus successfully rise to top positions of authority? What of the prevalence of adulterers, liars and thieves in ministry?
Political “prophets” or “priests” abound in the corridors of power today. They work hard to determine the fortune of the nations in their own favour; they mingle with politicians of this world to sidetrack the path of truth. Unfortunately, they still use God’s word and name as their source. If given the chance, modern day religious rulers will gladly ‘crucify’ the Lord of glory again, simply because He will still be an inevitable threat to their ambition. Up until now, power-hungry monsters, antichrist forces and charismatic rascals are striving to take charge of church administration and management and they DON’T NEED Jesus as their Lord. How long will this insult continue? Think about it. Shalom.