Inside [the high priest's home], the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn't find any. Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other.
— Mark 14:55-56 NLT
Jesus' opponents found liars they could "rent" for the duration of Jesus' trial (Matthew 26:59-60). This behavior reminds us once again of two terrible realities:
- Religious people can do the most despicable things when they are more concerned with self-preservation than they are about the truth of God. This realization should always make us pause and ask for God's guidance and intervention. We should never let our particular understanding of truth interfere with God's will and his people.
- Jesus was about to undergo a gruesome, horribly unfair ordeal, which should drive us to our knees in humility, knowing all that the Lord Jesus has unfairly endured because of his love for us.
O God Almighty, you are the one who directs the paths of history and, in your time of choosing, bring kingdoms to nothing when they interfere with your work in the world. Please help me and those with whom I fellowship to never interfere with your will. Please never let me be guilty of wanting to preserve my religious understanding at the expense of your Kingdom, your people, and your will. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.