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The Pharisees Discussed Framing the Lord Jesus. A Commentary on John 11:47–48

Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation

– John 11:47-48

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

At that time, the sermons the Lord Jesus preached and the miracles He performed shook up all of Judea, there were a lot of people spreading the Lord Jesus’ name and the facts of His work, and more and more people were following Him. The Pharisees knew clearly that the Lord Jesus’ work and words were full of authority and power; if He continued His work, then religious followers of Judaism would all reject them and follow Him; and finally the Judaism would be in paralysis and closed down. All these made them terrified and anxious. For the sake of protecting their own status and livelihood, they spared no effort in condemning, making up rumors, and framing the Lord Jesus. What’s worse, they even colluded with the Roman government to nail the Lord Jesus to the cross in the end. It is evident that the Pharisees’ belief in God was not for pursuing the truth, nor were their intentions of working and spending to do the will of God, and pursue loving and satisfying God. So they were unwilling to seek God’s work humbly even if they had seen the authority and power of the Lord Jesus’ work.

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