“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One [Messiah],” says Psalm 2.
It is not so shocking that the nations, “the heathen” (KJV), should rage against the Lord and against His Christ, His Messiah, His Anointed.
We are not surprised when Pharaoh shakes his fist at the heavens and says, “Who is this God that I must obey?”
We would expect the Philistines to attack King David, and that Nebuchadnezzar would cast the three Hebrew lads into the fiery furnace.
We would figure that earthly-minded men such as Pontius Pilate and Herod would side with the mob and send the Son of God to His death.
The numbing thing is that the rulers of God’s people Israel should set out to commit “deicide” – the murder of their own God!
Who would have figured that the murder of Jesus Christ would be an “inside job?” How could it be that the nation specially chosen by God to be the incubator of the promised Savior, the safe-deposit box of the sacred Scriptures, would conspire to slay their own Savior?
Sadly, the story has been repeated many times in the history of the church. Wycliffe translated the Bible into English. It was the church of his day which condemned him. The Bohemian reformer, John Huss, went to the Council of Constance in 1415 with a “safe conduct” promise from Emperor Sigismund. The church threw him into the dungeon and then “delivered” him into the hands of the secular powers to be burned at the stake. Dr. Martin Luther was summoned before Emperor Charles V and condemned as an outlaw because the church instigated a trial at Worms.
Today, the world in general ignores, ridicules and heaps abuse upon the Bible, its teachings, and all who believe these teachings. That is to be expected. But it is within visible churches, some of them even bearing the name “Lutheran,” where Christ’s virgin birth, His miracles and His bodily resurrection are openly denied. It is in the church where His Godhead is spit upon by liberal, egg-headed clergy. It is in the church where deviants slither up pulpit steps to breathe the sulfurous fumes of Sodom on their flocks. “Beware of false prophets,” said Jesus, implying that the greatest dangers to our faith may come from within. We know what to expect from Pilate or Herod. The High Priest, Caiphas, is another story. The trial of Christ was an inside job. In many churches, it still is.