Palm Sunday: April 5, 2020
Reference: Matthew 26:14-27:66
Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
On every chessboard, there is only one outcome that is wanted: for the king to be trapped with no escape in sight. That equals ‘checkmate’ and every move is made with that outcome in mind. Without mincing any words, the context and background of today’s Gospel this Palm Sunday is obvious ‘find a way to put Jesus to death’. This was the script and the Pharisees, chief priests and all authorities concerned were moving pieces on their chessboard to arrive at this outcome.
They looked for an inside job by covenanting Judas Iscariot with 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus, sought false witnesses against Him and twisted His statements to advance their goal. These leaders even go as far as convincing multitudes to procure the release of Barabbas, a brigand and murderer, as long as it condemned Jesus to death. By doing so, they obtained the outcome in their script as they wanted.
Interestingly, their scripted outcome aligned with the script of God; for Jesus came to die. Hence, there was no conflict between the plan of God and the intent of man on this account.
However, sometimes the scripts of life that we want to follow, are in contrast with what God wants for us. But we abandon due process and move things to achieve the outcome we seek. We bend rules, twist hands and manipulate events on our journey.
When we arrive and think we had it all figured out, then we realise we are way off target, off track to where we really ought to be. Sweetheart, when we are unaware of the script God has written for us, we will end up moving the pieces on our chess board towards an outcome that has little to do with the actual intended outcome.
So follow the script, not yours, but God’s for you.