Attacks On Jesus
I have not been aware of how often and how many times people plotted against Jesus and persecuted Him. Recently the Lord has had those things jumping off the pages of the Bible and getting my attention. They were much more frequent than I had noticed before.
When we are rejected by the world around us we tend to have a pity party. We should realize that if we have Christ in us it will be Him that is being rejected. We should make certain that we don*t suffer rejection because of something we have done. When we are rejected because we are serving Christ we are blessed.
Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
If we are not suffering some persecution we are not living Godly in Christ Jesus. The attacks on Him (that sometimes seem to be on us) will go on until He returns.
I shall list the plots and plans, plots and persecution against Jesus mainly in the book of John in order to avoid duplication. It seems that most of the attacks were reported in the book of John. That is significant because the book of John teaches more about the Diety of Christ than the other gospels. Matthew focuses on Jesus as a King. Mark deals with Him as a servant. Luke deals with Him as the perfect man. I believe attacks on Jesus are primarily made BECAUSE HE IS GOD. Unbelievers are not as violently opposed to having a King, a servant or a perfect man as they are opposed to having someone who will rule and reign in their hearts and lives. I trust these passages will make you more aware of what He suffered even before His crucifixion.
John 5:16: And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
John 5:18: Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
John 7:12: And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
John 7:19-20: Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?
John 7:30: Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
John 7:44: And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.
John 8:41: Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
They were blaspheming His virgin birth by implying that He was illegitimate.
John 8:48: Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
John 8:52-53: Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
John 8:57: Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
John 8:59: Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
John 9:16: Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
John 10:20: And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
John 10:31: Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
John 10:39: Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
John 11:8: His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
John 11:49-53: And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
John 12:42: Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
John 19:38: And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
Here are a few mentions of the attacks on Jesus in the other gospels. They are unique enough that they may not be duplications of the ones in the book of John.
Matthew 12:14: Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
Matthew 21:45-46: And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
Mark 3:6: And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Luke 4:28-30: And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way,