The Greatest Power

Those who believe they have power over some or many others should take great care and heed the example of the Sanhedrin. In the days when Christ walked the earth, the Sanhedrin had great power over the Jews. They were of very high standing in the church and the common Jews bowed in their presence. When Jesus attempted to preach the new law to the church leaders, they rejected Him. They would not believe Him when He stated that He was the Messiah. In no way could this son of a common carpenter be the savior of the world.(Mark 6:3)

But Jesus tried again and again to preach the NEW covenant to them.(Matt 12:1-8) And Christ rebuked them for their disbelief in His ways.(Matt 15:1-14)(Matt 23:11-36) Then He preached a warning which is commonly overlooked. There are many, many passages from the Bible which are memorized and quoted over and over but I have never seen nor heard anyone address this particular passage: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”(Matt 7:6) This is a warning which is a bit oblique and difficult to completely understand. I believe it was also a prophecy to Christ’s disciples, when they spread out from Jerusalem, to avoid preaching Christ to the Sanhedrin as they had already rejected and killed Him and so they would do the same to the disciples. As a prophecy, this was fulfilled in Antioch when Paul and Barnabas addressed both the Jews and the Gentiles there.(Acts 13:40-52)

As a final act of defiance and a proof of true power, Christ denied the Sanhedrin of their wish to be rid of Him.  They may have killed Him, but He rose again and impacted the world with a magnitude of which they could have never imagined. The miracle of His resurrection is not only that which has saved all the Christians of the world and paid our sin debts, but the final denial, with God’s power and might, over the leaders of the Jewish church who rejected Him.

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