53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. Mark 13:53
One thing’s for certain, all of the leaders had a united front against Jesus.
Had they taken to heart a few of David’s psalms, they wouldn’t have done what they did. Psalm 2
Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.
Just as they assembled to try Jesus, the next part of that psalm comes into play.
The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
God laughs at their puny gathering. They were supposedly the best and brightest of their religious leadership. As Jesus later said to Pilate, they would have no power over Him if God didn’t grant that power. (John 19:11)
Similarly, nations engage in hostility against the Church and believers regularly. They unite and believe themselves to be God because they have rejected God.
God’s not concerned about them. They, like the religious leaders in Jesus’ time, are puny. All their plans and even the fulfillment of those plans are puny and insignificant. Yes, people will be hurt by what they do and what they control, but in the end they will lose in the largest of ways.
We do live in unprecedented times and I believe it’s going to be a rocky ride for some time. But God has not been unaware of what’s going on down here. He doesn’t lose sleep over their plans.
As Jesus told His disciples, “be alert and pray.”