175:4.4 The Sadducees,
who now controlled and dominated the Sanhedrin, were
desirous of making away with Jesus for the following reasons:
175:4.5 1. They feared that the increased popular favor with which the multitude regarded him threatened to
endanger the existence of the Jewish nation by possible
involvement with the Roman
175:4.6 2. His zeal for temple reform struck directly at their revenues; the cleansing of the temple affected
175:4.7 3. They felt themselves responsible for the preservation of social order, and they feared the
consequences of the further spread of Jesus' strange and new doctrine of the brotherhood of
175:4.8The Pharisees had different motives for wanting to see Jesus put to death. They feared him because:
175:4.9 1. He was arrayed in telling opposition to their traditional hold upon the people. The Pharisees were
ultraconservative, and they bitterly resented these supposedly radical attacks upon their vested prestige as religious teachers.
175:4.10 2. They held that Jesus was a lawbreaker; that he had shown utter disregard for the Sabbath and
numerous other legal and ceremonial requirements.
175:4.11 3. They charged him with blasphemy because he alluded to God as his Father.
175:4.12 4. And now were they thoroughly angry with him because of his last discourse of bitter denunciation
which he had this day delivered in the temple as the concluding portion of his farewell address.
175:4.13 The Sanhedrin, having formally decreed the death of Jesus and having issued orders for his arrest,
adjourned on this Tuesday near midnight, after appointing to meet at ten o'clock the next morning at the home of Caiaphas the high priest for the
purpose of formulating the charges on which Jesus should be brought to trial.
175:4.14 A small group of the Sadducees had actually proposed to dispose of Jesus by assassination, but the
Pharisees utterly refused to countenance such a procedure.
175:4.15 And this was the situation in Jerusalem and among men on this eventful day while a vast concourse of celestial beings hovered over this momentous scene on
earth, anxious to do something to assist their beloved Sovereign but powerless to act because they were effectively restrained by their commanding
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