18:12 "Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. 13 And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. 14 Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people."
Some days I shake my head at our stupidity. I don't mean a lack of intelligence. That would be more excusable. I mean a willful denial of the obvious followed by actions in harmony with that denial. For example, willfully denying that all people are equal regardless of colour or race. Any people who seem inferior by our western methods of measurement are simply different based on culture, opportunities etc... We then took this willful denial of the obvious and used it to justify slavery etc...
In the Old Testament there was a guy named Samson who was strong - really strong. Everyone knew it. He had demonstrated his strength repeatedly. One day he allowed himself to be captured. He allowed himself to be tied up. Then when the time was right he simply broke the ropes as if they were never there and went after his enemies.
My point is why did they tie him up? What kind of denial of your basic intelligence do you have to perform to think that tying up a guy like Samson will do any good?
Then hundreds of years later Jesus enters the human story. He walks on water. He feeds thousands with on boys lunch. He heals diseases doctors of the time couldn't do anything about. He gives sight to blind people. He even publicly raised Lazarus from the dead as well as two others. He told a storm to stop and it did. He controlled the demon world, demons so strong that they threw their victims around like rag dolls.
Now the authorities, both religious and civil come to take Him with swords and clubs. Think about that. Then Jesus steps forward and volunteers Himself to be taken and the mere presence of Him causes them all to fall back. However He again offers Himself to be taken. Then Peter in a disillusioned show of loyalty tries to protect Jesus. Jesus stops him and takes the sliced off ear of Malchus and puts it back on in front of everyone.
How do they respond? They arrest Him and tie Him up. Really?
Like I said some days our capacity to deny the obvious and become incredibly stupid astounds me.
Last week the news reported that the man who broke into a home and killed the young mother who lived there will be charged with 2 counts of murder because she was 12 weeks pregnant. In that same state a mother who is 22 weeks pregnant can get a legal abortion. Follow the "logic". A man kills a woman that he has no idea is 12 weeks pregnant and he gets a double murder charge. A woman goes into a clinic 20 weeks pregnant to have her baby killed and we call it health care. The worst part is not how blatantly inconsistent this is but that educated people will bend over backwards to say it does make sense and is perfectly logical.
I could cite many more examples on a variety of topics. However consider this: when we outright deny Jesus or try to play games with Him or sin behind His back or rewrite the rules to essentially 'tie Him up' who do we think we're hurting? Who do we think we are fooling?
The fool has said in his heart: "There is no God."