I don't know about you, but I am a planner. When it comes to vacation or events, I am all about planning out the whole day. It's a part of being someone with a Type A personality. I love to gather the details and put them together like a puzzle.
Just like I plan my days and my vacations, the Pharisees planned their attack on Jesus. They did not like Jesus and they wanted to do something about it. Unfortunately, they thought they were staying true to their religion. They thought they were helping. They thought they were "doing the right thing."
But they weren't.
Do you ever notice the same thing in your own life? You feel like you're doing good, but maybe once you're removed you find out what damage you have done? Why do we do that?
I think it comes down to planning. And not just planning on our own, but planning with the Holy Spirit.
So many times in our lives, we plan and make decisions without Jesus and without prayer. Maybe your day didn't go well because you didn't even think about talking to your Heavenly Father. Maybe your date didn't like you because you were trying to be somewhere you aren't instead of who you are in Christ. Maybe you're in financial crisis because you spent your money on what you wanted and you didn't give God what was His first.
Whatever your situation is, plan. And plan with His guidance not your own.
Prayer: Jesus, forgive me for trying to do things without you. Remind me how much I need you. I pray I draw closer to you in this season. Help me to lean not on my understanding but Yours. Amen.
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.
“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.