“So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, ‘What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.’”
As we draw near to Holy Week, we will begin to have more interactions between Jesus and the people in power. Whether it is Romans in power or Pharisees and scribes, Jesus clashed with the authorities because he challenged the status quo from which they were benefiting. In this text, we find Jesus continuing in his work to heal and announce the nearness of the Kingdom of God. One of the Pharisees saw all that Jesus was doing and became afraid saying, “If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him.” The anxiety was not simply in the way that Jesus was changing the society, but in his statement was also anxiety about not being in power. The Pharisee speaking in this event shows a grief over people believing in Jesus because he has come to realize that he is losing relevance and influence. Many times at the heart of our complaining is a grief that we too are losing relevance and influence. How have you experienced this?