9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead. – Mark 15
God had a plan: Christ would die. God set the plan in motion when he knit Christ together in Mary’s womb. Even before that, really. Christ would die to take away the sins of the world. But why all the trials, hatred, and drama? Why not get a few other guys, pay them and have them do the deed? Why get the whole city stirred up? Why the betrayal, beatings, abandonment? Maybe . . .
God wanted to expose the ugly brokenness of humanity.
We have the ability to envy Christ and as a result, to kill him. He hung on a cross for our sins, but the envy of men got him there. Make no mistake, he went willingly, but we played every card we had.
Humanaty’s ugliest hour was when we betrayed him.
Envy was the vehicle that carried him to the cross.
And it has been doing so ever since.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – I Cor 13:4
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