Are you familiar with fear?
Have you heard fear is a liar?
It is seen in the Bible that the Pharisees were on fear. Their fear made them believe that something was much larger than it actually was at the time. John chapter 12 verses 12 through 19; but specifically verse 19. It says in the NKJV, “The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, ‘You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!'”
This is not the first time where fear was apparent in the words of the Pharisees.
It was through a discipleship class I attended that this realization came. Reading the Bible in a group setting, in order to learn about Chirst and become His disciple has its benefits. I am thankful to the Holy Trinity for revealing this thing.
In class it was also said that the Pharisees were against Christ not just because they believed He broke the law left and right, but because they wanted to maintain their place and power(influence) in the world. Take a quick look at John 12:48, it is their response to Jesus raising Lazarus up from the dead.
If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Roman’s will come and take away both our place and nation. John 12:48 NKJV
You see. The Pharisees were thinking about where they stood in the world. They also feared the Roman’s taking away their place and nation.
It was not yet the time for their place or nation to be moved. But see where their mind was. It was not on God having His way and doing His will. We do see later on that the high priest was used to prophesy that Jesus would die for the nation. The Bible said it was because Caiaphas was high priest that year.
If you remember a post I shared about a week ago I spoke of the thoughts I had after breaking up with my ex. I cried because of the breakup, the cause of it and becuase of the thoughts that came. Those thoughts were lies as far as I know. They were not based on truth. There was no way to prove them at the time. I say this to say we are in control of our mind and yes we can choose what we think before negative thinking becomes a habit.