You were quite ambitious. You set your goals, and you pursued them. It didn’t take you long to realize, however, that what you were pursuing wasn’t going to achieve your deep unspoken aims. Because I had no intention of helping you reach your definition of success, your tone changed pretty quickly. You went from being my chief admirer to my greatest adversary in the span of one week.
Your protest against me was not stronger than the love of my friends, but it did become louder. In your self-righteous indignation and religious hatred, you conspired for my death with brutal stealth. It spread like poison to the masses. This was one goal that you could achieve, and achieve it you did. Unfortunately, you lost a career of love in the process. Thankfully, it’s just for a season.
“So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone”. (John 6:15, NASB)
“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him”. (John 12:12-19, ESV)
“Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
“Crucify him!” they shouted.
“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified”. (Mark 15:6-15, NIV)