Bethesda and the Sanhedrin
[This chapter is based on John 5.]
"Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is
called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay
a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting
for the moving of the water."
At certain seasons the waters of this pool were agitated, and it was
commonly believed that this was the result of supernatural power, and
that whoever first after the troubling of the pool stepped into the
waters, would be healed of whatever disease he had. Hundreds of
sufferers visited the place; but so great was the crowd when the water
was troubled that they rushed forward, trampling underfoot men, women,
and children, weaker than themselves. Many could not get near the pool.
Many who had succeeded in reaching it died upon its brink. Shelters had
been erected about the place, that the sick might be protected from the
heat by day and the chilliness of the night. There were some who spent
the night in these porches, creeping to the edge of the pool day after
day, in the vain hope of relief.
Jesus was again at Jerusalem. Walking alone, in apparent meditation
and prayer, He came to the pool. He saw the wretched sufferers watching
for that which they supposed to be their only chance of cure. He longed
to exercise His healing power, and make every sufferer whole. But it was
the Sabbath day. Multitudes were going to the temple for worship, and He
knew that such an act of healing would so excite the prejudice of the
Jews as to cut short His work.
But the Saviour saw one case of supreme wretchedness. It was that of
a man who had been a helpless cripple for thirty-eight years. His
disease was in a great degree the result of his own sin, and was looked
upon as a judgment from God. Alone and friendless, feeling that he was
shut out from God's mercy, the sufferer had passed long years of misery.
At the time when it was expected that the waters would be troubled,
those who pitied his helplessness would bear him to the porches. But at
the favored moment he had no one to help him in. He had seen the
rippling of the water, but had never been able to get farther than the
edge of the pool. Others stronger than he would plunge in before him. He
could not contend successfully with the selfish, scrambling crowd. His
persistent efforts toward the one object, and his anxiety and continual
disappointment, were fast wearing away the remnant of his strength.
The sick man was lying on his mat, and occasionally lifting his head
to gaze at the pool, when a tender, compassionate face bent over him,
and the words, "Wilt thou be made whole?" arrested his
attention. Hope came to his heart. He felt that in some way he was to
have help. But the glow of encouragement soon faded. He remembered how
often he had tried to reach the pool, and now he had little prospect of
living till it should again be troubled. He turned away wearily, saying,
"Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the
pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me."
Jesus does not ask this sufferer to exercise faith in Him. He simply
says, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." But the man's faith
takes hold upon that word. Every nerve and muscle thrills with new life,
and healthful action comes to his crippled limbs. Without question he
sets his will to obey the command of Christ, and all his muscles respond
to his will. Springing to his feet, he finds himself an active man.
Jesus had given him no assurance of divine help. The man might have
stopped to doubt, and lost his one chance of healing. But he believed
Christ's word, and in acting upon it he received strength.
Through the same faith we may receive spiritual healing. By sin we
have been severed from the life of God. Our souls are palsied. Of
ourselves we are no more capable of living a holy life than was the
impotent man capable of walking. There are many who realize their
helplessness, and who long for that spiritual life which will bring them
into harmony with God; they are vainly striving to obtain it. In despair
they cry, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from this
body of death?" Rom. 7:24, margin. Let these desponding, struggling
ones look up. The Saviour is bending over the purchase of His blood,
saying with inexpressible tenderness and pity, "Wilt thou be made
whole?" He bids you arise in health and peace. Do not wait to feel
that you are made whole. Believe His word, and it will be fulfilled. Put
your will on the side of Christ. Will to serve Him, and in acting upon
His word you will receive strength. Whatever may be the evil practice,
the master passion which through long indulgence binds both soul and
body, Christ is able and longs to deliver. He will impart life to the
soul that is "dead in trespasses." Eph. 2:1. He will set free
the captive that is held by weakness and misfortune and the chains of
The restored paralytic stooped to take up his bed, which was only a
rug and a blanket, and as he straightened himself again with a sense of
delight, he looked around for his Deliverer; but Jesus was lost in the
crowd. The man feared that he would not know Him if he should see Him
again. As he hurried on his way with firm, free step, praising God and
rejoicing in his new-found strength, he met several of the Pharisees,
and immediately told them of his cure. He was surprised at the coldness
with which they listened to his story.
With lowering brows they interrupted him, asking why he was carrying
his bed on the Sabbath day. They sternly reminded him that it was not
lawful to bear burdens on the Lord's day. In his joy the man had
forgotten that it was the Sabbath; yet he felt no condemnation for
obeying the command of One who had such power from God. He answered
boldly, "He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy
bed, and walk." They asked who it was that had done this, but he
could not tell. These rulers knew well that only One had shown Himself
able to perform this miracle; but they wished for direct proof that it
was Jesus, that they might condemn Him as a Sabbath-breaker. In their
judgment He had not only broken the law in healing the sick man on the
Sabbath, but had committed sacrilege in bidding him bear away his bed.
The Jews had so perverted the law that they made it a yoke of
bondage. Their meaningless requirements had become a byword among other
nations. Especially was the Sabbath hedged in by all manner of senseless
restrictions. It was not to them a delight, the holy of the Lord, and
honorable. The scribes and Pharisees had made its observance an
intolerable burden. A Jew was not allowed to kindle a fire nor even to
light a candle on the Sabbath. As a consequence the people were
dependent upon the Gentiles for many services which their rules forbade
them to do for themselves. They did not reflect that if these acts were
sinful, those who employed others to perform them were as guilty as if
they had done the work themselves. They thought that salvation was
restricted to the Jews, and that the condition of all others, being
already hopeless, could be made no worse. But God has given no
commandments which cannot be obeyed by all. His laws sanction no
unreasonable or selfish restrictions.
In the temple Jesus met the man who had been healed. He had come to
bring a sin offering and also a thank offering for the great mercy he
had received. Finding him among the worshipers, Jesus made Himself
known, with the warning words, "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."
The healed man was overjoyed at meeting his Deliverer. Ignorant of
the enmity toward Jesus, he told the Pharisees who had questioned him,
that this was He who had performed the cure. "Therefore did the
Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay Him, because He had done these
things on the Sabbath day."
Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin to answer the charge of
Sabbathbreaking. Had the Jews at this time been an independent nation,
such a charge would have served their purpose for putting Him to death.
This their subjection to the Romans prevented. The Jews had not the
power to inflict capital punishment, and the accusations brought against
Christ would have no weight in a Roman court. There were other objects,
however, which they hoped to secure. Notwithstanding their efforts to
counteract His work, Christ was gaining, even in Jerusalem, an influence
over the people greater than their own. Multitudes who were not
interested in the harangues of the rabbis were attracted by His
teaching. They could understand His words, and their hearts were warmed
and comforted. He spoke of God, not as an avenging judge, but as a
tender father, and He revealed the image of God as mirrored in Himself.
His words were like balm to the wounded spirit. Both by His words and by
His works of mercy He was breaking the oppressive power of the old
traditions and man-made commandments, and presenting the love of God in
its exhaustless fullness.
In one of the earliest prophecies of Christ it is written, "The
scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his
feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people
be." Gen. 49:10. The people were gathering to Christ. The
sympathetic hearts of the multitude accepted lessons of love and
benevolence in preference to the rigid ceremonies required by the
priests. If the priests and rabbis had not interposed, His teaching
would have wrought such a reformation as this world has never witnessed.
But in order to maintain their own power, these leaders determined to
break down the influence of Jesus. His arraignment before the Sanhedrin,
and an open condemnation of His teachings, would aid in effecting this;
for the people still had great reverence for their religious leaders.
Whoever dared to condemn the rabbinical requirements, or attempt to
lighten the burdens they had brought upon the people, was regarded as
guilty, not only of blasphemy, but of treason. On this ground the rabbis
hoped to excite suspicion of Christ. They represented Him as trying to
overthrow the established customs, thus causing division among the
people, and preparing the way for complete subjugation by the Romans.
But the plans which these rabbis were working so zealously to fulfill
originated in another council than that of the Sanhedrin. After Satan
had failed to overcome Christ in the wilderness, he combined his forces
to oppose Him in His ministry, and if possible to thwart His work. What
he could not accomplish by direct, personal effort, he determined to
effect by strategy. No sooner had he withdrawn from the conflict in the
wilderness than in council with his confederate angels he matured his
plans for still further blinding the minds of the Jewish people, that
they might not recognize their Redeemer. He planned to work through his
human agencies in the religious world, by imbuing them with his own
enmity against the champion of truth. He would lead them to reject
Christ and to make His life as bitter as possible, hoping to discourage
Him in His mission. And the leaders in Israel became instruments of
Satan in warring against the Saviour.
Jesus had come to "magnify the law, and make it honorable."
He was not to lessen its dignity, but to exalt it. The scripture says,
"He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in
the earth." Isa. 42:21, 4. He had come to free the Sabbath from
those burdensome requirements that had made it a curse instead of a
For this reason He had chosen the Sabbath upon which to perform the
act of healing at Bethesda. He could have healed the sick man as well on
any other day of the week; or He might simply have cured him, without
bidding him bear away his bed. But this would not have given Him the
opportunity He desired. A wise purpose underlay every act of Christ's
life on earth. Everything He did was important in itself and in its
teaching. Among the afflicted ones at the pool He selected the worst
case upon whom to exercise His healing power, and bade the man carry his
bed through the city in order to publish the great work that had been
wrought upon him. This would raise the question of what it was lawful to
do on the Sabbath, and would open the way for Him to denounce the
restrictions of the Jews in regard to the Lord's day, and to declare
their traditions void.
Jesus stated to them that the work of relieving the afflicted was in
harmony with the Sabbath law. It was in harmony with the work of God's
angels, who are ever descending and ascending between heaven and earth
to minister to suffering humanity. Jesus declared, "My Father
worketh hitherto, and I work." All days are God's, in which to
carry out His plans for the human race. If the Jews' interpretation of
the law was correct, then Jehovah was at fault, whose work has quickened
and upheld every living thing since first He laid the foundations of the
earth; then He who pronounced His work good, and instituted the Sabbath
to commemorate its completion, must put a period to His labor, and stop
the never-ending routine of the universe.
Should God forbid the sun to perform its office upon the Sabbath, cut
off its genial rays from warming the earth and nourishing vegetation?
Must the system of worlds stand still through that holy day? Should He
command the brooks to stay from watering the fields and forests, and bid
the waves of the sea still their ceaseless ebbing and flowing? Must the
wheat and corn stop growing, and the ripening cluster defer its purple
bloom? Must the trees and flowers put forth no bud nor blossom on the
In such a case, men would miss the fruits of the earth, and the
blessings that make life desirable. Nature must continue her unvarying
course. God could not for a moment stay His hand, or man would faint and
die. And man also has a work to perform on this day. The necessities of
life must be attended to, the sick must be cared for, the wants of the
needy must be supplied. He will not be held guiltless who neglects to
relieve suffering on the Sabbath. God's holy rest day was made for man,
and acts of mercy are in perfect harmony with its intent. God does not
desire His creatures to suffer an hour's pain that may be relieved upon
the Sabbath or any other day.
The demands upon God are even greater upon the Sabbath than upon
other days. His people then leave their usual employment, and spend the
time in meditation and worship. They ask more favors of Him on the
Sabbath than upon other days. They demand His special attention. They
crave His choicest blessings. God does not wait for the Sabbath to pass
before He grants these requests. Heaven's work never ceases, and men
should never rest from doing good. The Sabbath is not intended to be a
period of useless inactivity. The law forbids secular labor on the rest
day of the Lord; the toil that gains a livelihood must cease; no labor
for worldly pleasure or profit is lawful upon that day; but as God
ceased His labor of creating, and rested upon the Sabbath and blessed
it, so man is to leave the occupations of his daily life, and devote
those sacred hours to healthful rest, to worship, and to holy deeds. The
work of Christ in healing the sick was in perfect accord with the law.
It honored the Sabbath.
Jesus claimed equal rights with God in doing a work equally sacred,
and of the same character with that which engaged the Father in heaven.
But the Pharisees were still more incensed. He had not only broken the
law, according to their understanding, but in calling God "His own
Father" had declared Himself equal with God. John 5:18, R. V.
The whole nation of the Jews called God their Father, therefore they
would not have been so enraged if Christ had represented Himself as
standing in the same relation to God. But they accused Him of blasphemy,
showing that they understood Him as making this claim in the highest
These adversaries of Christ had no arguments with which to meet the
truths He brought home to their consciences. They could only cite their
customs and traditions, and these seemed weak and vapid when compared
with the arguments Jesus had drawn from the word of God and the
unceasing round of nature. Had the rabbis felt any desire to receive
light, they would have been convinced that Jesus spoke the truth. But
they evaded the points He made concerning the Sabbath, and sought to
stir up anger against Him because He claimed to be equal with God. The
fury of the rulers knew no bounds. Had they not feared the people, the
priests and rabbis would have slain Jesus on the spot. But the popular
sentiment in His favor was strong. Many recognized in Jesus the friend
who had healed their diseases and comforted their sorrows, and they
justified His healing of the sufferer at Bethesda. So for the time the
leaders were obliged to restrain their hatred.
Jesus repelled the charge of blasphemy. My authority, He said, for
doing the work of which you accuse Me, is that I am the Son of God, one
with Him in nature, in will, and in purpose. In all His works of
creation and providence, I co-operate with God. "The Son can do
nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do." The priests
and rabbis were taking the Son of God to task for the very work He had
been sent into the world to do. By their sins they had separated
themselves from God, and in their pride were moving independently of
Him. They felt sufficient in themselves for all things, and realized no
need of a higher wisdom to direct their acts. But the Son of God was
surrendered to the Father's will, and dependent upon His power. So
utterly was Christ emptied of self that He made no plans for Himself. He
accepted God's plans for Him, and day by day the Father unfolded His
plans. So should we depend upon God, that our lives may be the simple
outworking of His will.
When Moses was about to build the sanctuary as a dwelling place for
God, he was directed to make all things according to the pattern shown
him in the mount. Moses was full of zeal to do God's work; the most
talented, skillful men were at hand to carry out his suggestions. Yet he
was not to make a bell, a pomegranate, a tassel, a fringe, a curtain, or
any vessel of the sanctuary, except according to the pattern shown him.
God called him into the mount, and revealed to him the heavenly things.
The Lord covered him with His own glory, that he might see the pattern,
and according to it all things were made. So to Israel, whom He desired
to make His dwelling place, He had revealed His glorious ideal of
character. The pattern was shown them in the mount when the law was
given from Sinai, and when the Lord passed by before Moses and
proclaimed, "The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious,
long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for
thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin." Ex. 34:6,
Israel had chosen their own ways. They had not builded according to
the pattern; but Christ, the true temple for God's indwelling, molded
every detail of His earthly life in harmony with God's ideal. He said,
"I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My
heart." Ps. 40:8. So our characters are to be builded "for an
habitation of God through the Spirit." Eph. 2:22. And we are to
"make all things according to the pattern," even Him who
"suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His
steps." Heb. 8:5; 1 Peter 2:21.
The words of Christ teach that we should regard ourselves as
inseparably bound to our Father in heaven. Whatever our position, we are
dependent upon God, who holds all destinies in His hands. He has
appointed us our work, and has endowed us with faculties and means for
that work. So long as we surrender the will to God, and trust in His
strength and wisdom, we shall be guided in safe paths, to fulfill our
appointed part in His great plan. But the one who depends upon his own
wisdom and power is separating himself from God. Instead of working in
unison with Christ, he is fulfilling the purpose of the enemy of God and
The Saviour continued: "What things soever He [the Father]
doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. . . . As the Father raiseth up
the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom He
will." The Sadducees held that there would be no resurrection of
the body; but Jesus tells them that one of the greatest works of His
Father is raising the dead, and that He Himself has power to do the same
work. "The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the
voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." The
Pharisees believed in the resurrection of the dead. Christ declares that
even now the power which gives life to the dead is among them, and they
are to behold its manifestation. This same resurrection power is that
which gives life to the soul "dead in trespasses and sins."
Eph. 2:1. That spirit of life in Christ Jesus, "the power of His
resurrection," sets men "free from the law of sin and
death." Phil. 3:10; Rom. 8:2. The dominion of evil is broken, and
through faith the soul is kept from sin. He who opens his heart to the
Spirit of Christ becomes a partaker of that mighty power which shall
bring forth his body from the grave.
The humble Nazarene asserts His real nobility. He rises above
humanity, throws off the guise of sin and shame, and stands revealed,
the Honored of the angels, the Son of God, One with the Creator of the
universe. His hearers are spellbound. No man has ever spoken words like
His, or borne himself with such a kingly majesty. His utterances are
clear and plain, fully declaring His mission, and the duty of the world.
"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment
unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the
Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath
sent Him. . . . For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given
to the Son to have life in Himself; and hath given Him authority to
execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man."
The priests and rulers had set themselves up as judges to condemn
Christ's work, but He declared Himself their judge, and the judge of all
the earth. The world has been committed to Christ, and through Him has
come every blessing from God to the fallen race. He was the Redeemer
before as after His incarnation. As soon as there was sin, there was a
Saviour. He has given light and life to all, and according to the
measure of light given, each is to be judged. And He who has given the
light, He who has followed the soul with tenderest entreaty, seeking to
win it from sin to holiness, is in one its advocate and judge. From the
opening of the great controversy in heaven, Satan has maintained his
cause through deception; and Christ has been working to unveil his
schemes and to break his power. It is He who has encountered the
deceiver, and who through all the ages has been seeking to wrest the
captives from his grasp, who will pass judgment upon every soul.
And God "hath given Him authority to execute judgment also,
because He is the Son of man." Because He has tasted the very dregs
of human affliction and temptation, and understands the frailties and
sins of men; because in our behalf He has victoriously withstood the
temptations of Satan, and will deal justly and tenderly with the souls
that His own blood has been poured out to save,--because of this, the
Son of man is appointed to execute the judgment.
But Christ's mission was not for judgment, but for salvation.
"God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that
the world through Him might be saved." John 3:17. And before the
Sanhedrin Jesus declared, "He that heareth My word, and believeth
Him that sent Me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but
hath passed out of death into life." John 5:24, R. V.
Bidding His hearers marvel not, Christ opened before them, in still
wider view, the mystery of the future. "The hour cometh," He
said, "in which all that are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and
shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of
life; and they that have done ill, unto the resurrection of
judgment." John 5:28, 29, R. V.
This assurance of the future life was that for which Israel had so
long waited, and which they had hoped to receive at the Messiah's
advent. The only light that can lighten the gloom of the grave was
shining upon them. But self-will is blind. Jesus had violated the
traditions of the rabbis, and disregarded their authority, and they
would not believe.
The time, the place, the occasion, the intensity of feeling that
pervaded the assembly, all combined to make the words of Jesus before
the Sanhedrin the more impressive. The highest religious authorities of
the nation were seeking the life of Him who declared Himself the
restorer of Israel. The Lord of the Sabbath was arraigned before an
earthly tribunal to answer the charge of breaking the Sabbath law. When
He so fearlessly declared His mission, His judges looked upon Him with
astonishment and rage; but His words were unanswerable. They could not
condemn Him. He denied the right of the priests and rabbis to question
Him, or to interfere with His work. They were invested with no such
authority. Their claims were based upon their own pride and arrogance.
He refused to plead guilty of their charges, or to be catechized by
Instead of apologizing for the act of which they complained, or
explaining His purpose in doing it, Jesus turned upon the rulers, and
the accused became the accuser. He rebuked them for the hardness of
their hearts, and their ignorance of the Scriptures. He declared that
they had rejected the word of God, inasmuch as they had rejected Him
whom God had sent. "Ye search the Scriptures, because ye think that
in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of
Me." John 5:39, R. V.
In every page, whether history, or precept, or prophecy, the Old
Testament Scriptures are irradiated with the glory of the Son of God. So
far as it was of divine institution, the entire system of Judaism was a
compacted prophecy of the gospel. To Christ "give all the prophets
witness." Acts 10:43. From the promise given to Adam, down through
the patriarchal line and the legal economy, heaven's glorious light made
plain the footsteps of the Redeemer. Seers beheld the Star of Bethlehem,
the Shiloh to come, as future things swept before them in mysterious
procession. In every sacrifice Christ's death was shown. In every cloud
of incense His righteousness ascended. By every jubilee trumpet His name
was sounded. In the awful mystery of the holy of holies His glory dwelt.
The Jews had the Scriptures in their possession, and supposed that in
their mere outward knowledge of the word they had eternal life. But
Jesus said, "Ye have not His word abiding in you." Having
rejected Christ in His word, they rejected Him in person. "Ye will
not come to Me," He said, "that ye might have life."
The Jewish leaders had studied the teachings of the prophets
concerning the kingdom of the Messiah; but they had done this, not with
a sincere desire to know the truth, but with the purpose of finding
evidence to sustain their ambitious hopes. When Christ came in a manner
contrary to their expectations, they would not receive Him; and in order
to justify themselves, they tried to prove Him a deceiver. When once
they had set their feet in this path, it was easy for Satan to
strengthen their opposition to Christ. The very words that should have
been received as evidence of His divinity were interpreted against Him.
Thus they turned the truth of God into a lie, and the more directly the
Saviour spoke to them in His works of mercy, the more determined they
were in resisting the light.
Jesus said, "I receive not honor from men." It was not the
influence of the Sanhedrin, it was not their sanction He desired. He
could receive no honor from their approbation. He was invested with the
honor and authority of Heaven. Had He desired it, angels would have come
to do Him homage; the Father would again have testified to His divinity.
But for their own sake, for the sake of the nation whose leaders they
were, He desired the Jewish rulers to discern His character, and receive
the blessings He came to bring them.
"I am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not: if
another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." Jesus
came by the authority of God, bearing His image, fulfilling His word,
and seeking His glory; yet He was not accepted by the leaders in Israel;
but when others should come, assuming the character of Christ, but
actuated by their own will and seeking their own glory, they would be
received. And why? Because he who is seeking his own glory appeals to
the desire for self-exaltation in others. To such appeals the Jews could
They would receive the false teacher because he flattered their pride
by sanctioning their cherished opinions and traditions. But the teaching
of Christ did not coincide with their ideas. It was spiritual, and
demanded the sacrifice of self; therefore they would not receive it.
They were not acquainted with God, and to them His voice through Christ
was the voice of a stranger.
Is not the same thing repeated in our day? Are there not many, even
religious leaders, who are hardening their hearts against the Holy
Spirit, making it impossible for them to recognize the voice of God? Are
they not rejecting the word of God, that they may keep their own
"Had ye believed Moses," said Jesus, "ye would have
believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how
shall ye believe My words?" It was Christ who had spoken to Israel
through Moses. If they had listened to the divine voice that spoke
through their great leader, they would have recognized it in the
teachings of Christ. Had they believed Moses, they would have believed
Him of whom Moses wrote.
Jesus knew that the priests and rabbis were determined to take His
life; yet He clearly explained to them His unity with the Father, and
His relation to the world. They saw that their opposition to Him was
without excuse, yet their murderous hatred was not quenched. Fear seized
them as they witnessed the convincing power that attended His ministry;
but they resisted His appeals, and locked themselves in darkness.
They had signally failed to subvert the authority of Jesus or to
alienate the respect and attention of the people, many of whom were
convicted by His words. The rulers themselves had felt deep condemnation
as He had pressed their guilt home upon their consciences; yet this only
made them the more bitter against Him. They were determined to take His
life. They sent messengers all over the country to warn the people
against Jesus as an impostor. Spies were sent to watch Him, and report
what He said and did. The precious Saviour was now most surely standing
under the shadow of the cross.
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