"If we let Him go on, pretty soon everyone will be believing in Him and the Romans will come and remove what little power and privilege we still have." (John 11:48, The Message)
I remember a song from long ago that said, "Oh, nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors." The truth is, everybody knows; and if they don’t, they soon will. Jesus said, "Nothing has been covered that will not be exposed. Whatever is secret will be made known" (Matthew 10:26).
The Pharisees held council with one another in their secret chambers, but the Holy Spirit takes us right into the heart of their deliberations. And what we see is pitiful.
Someone once said, "If you love sausage and Law, you should never watch either one being made." The conversation and conduct of these men, esteemed to be holy and just, is not just shameful -- it's cowardly and pathetic.They were not at all concerned with Jesus as a person, for all they saw in Him was a threat to their own welfare. Nor were they concerned about the people, for they deemed to be dupes; easily swayed by the latest fad. No, their sole concern was for themselves. "If we let Him go on," they admitted, "pretty soon everyone will be believing in Him...."
Let's look at that for a minute. Jesus has no competition; no rival; no equal. Let the message of Christ stand alongside any other message that is proclaimed and pretty soon everyone will be believing in Him. These other so-called gods and saviors are nothing but the mythical concoctions of darkened minds, set forth for the sole purpose of controlling people through fear and superstition.
However, people believing in Jesus was not the immediate concern of the Pharisees. No, they were much more bothered by the potential loss of their own power and privilege. What poverty is in their hearts!
What about you? What little power and privilege are you tightly holding? Let it go, and watch the Son of God work a wonder in and through your life! If you try to save yourself, you will have little power and privilege. But if you trust Christ to save you, then the power of the Holy Spirit is unleashed in your life; and the privilege of sonship, with all its inheritance, is yours forever!
Don't side with the Little Power People -- fall in love with Jesus! For ALL power in heaven and earth are His; and you are His, and His power is yours!