“For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.” Mark 15:10
Are you jealous of Jesus?
What? Jealous of Jesus? You might shake your head in protest.
Let me invite you to consider the following questions.
Who killed Jesus?
1. Pontius Pilate – The Apostles’ Creed says Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, who signed off on Jesus’ crucifixion.
2. The chief priests – Mark 15:10 shows that the chief priests or the Jewish religious leaders killed Jesus.
3. The crowd – Mark 15:11 shows that the crowd agreed and shouted to crucify Jesus.
4. God – Peter preaches and explains how men of Israel crucified and killed Jesus according to the definite plan of God in Acts 2:22-23.
How in the world can a loving God allow such thing to happen?
God allowed the death of his only son to rescue and redeem the rebellious sinners.
What killed Jesus?
Why did Jesus have to die?
Was there any other way?
Sin killed Jesus. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23a says, “For the wages of sin is death.”
Envy killed Jesus. Even the pagan ruler, Pilate, who understood the world of politics, perceived that the chief priests handed Jesus over to be tried because they were jealous.
How are YOU jealous of Jesus?
Our envy for heroism, popularity, and perfection could well lead us to accusing God rather than adoring God.
If your spiritual disciplines and good works do not produce an attitude of worship and adoration of God, you are no different from the chief priests or the men of Israel who were filled with self-righteousness, patriotism, and passion to inherit the kingdom of God on their own terms.
Envy leaves little room for humility. Lack of humility leaves little room for humanity.
The enemy, Satan, wants to see humanity destroyed if not in quantity then in quality.
The enemy will deceive and seduce you to be filled with envy in your heart so that you are not happy with Jesus – the measure of your happiness lies with you and not with Jesus.
What kills your present intimacy with Jesus?
You might not know Jesus intimately due to indirect result of your envying of other people and the world.
How are you doing in killing your envy?
Do you find joy in submitting to the Holy Spirit?