Today’s daily lesson comes from Luke chapter 22 verses 3 through 6:
3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.
I have a friend who grew up in West Texas but now pastors in East Texas. He jokes that the difference between the two is that in East Texas the people will come and knock on your door, take you out and string you up in the middle of the night; but in West Texas they’ll do it at high noon.
What was done to Jesus was done at night and done by a small group of people. Though, sadly, his death was blamed on a whole nation and race of people the reality was Jesus was a man of the people. He had many, many followers and masses came to hear him. That is why the small group of religious and political leaders considered him such a threat; and it’s why they decided to have him killed. And so they hatched the plot and carried it out — at midnight.
Our mothers all told us not to follow the crowd. We get what they were trying to tell us; but it wasn’t the crowd which killed Jesus. It was a small group meeting in the shadows. Our mothers wouldn’t want us in that group either.