Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009 – Annas who desired a family dynasty – John 18:15

Annas just so happened to be the father-in-law of Caiaphas – who had been appointed to serve as high priest. It wasn’t left to chance that Jesus was sent to have an audience with Annas. Annas was the principle player within the Jewish Council. He made sure to keep a power hold within the court, keeping tight control within his family power base.

History tells us that four of Annas’s sons were among those who succeeded him. His son-in-law, Caiaphas, held office from A.D. 18 until 36, during the time of Jesus’ active ministry. Although others held the priestly office, Annas seems to have been the elder statesman and the power behind the throne.

Together these two men; Annas and Caiaphas, brokered much influence within the temple and the court – It was Caiaphas who had given counsel and warning to the Sanhedrin that it was expedient that one man should die for the sake of the people.

During this holy season we meditate on what Christ did and endured to earn our salvation. We mark His arrest, trial, suffering and crucifixion. But we do more then merely observe Christ’s action. We recall, affirm and believe what Christ has done. He suffered and died that I may receive salvation and life. Because Christ has suffered for me on my behalf I now enjoy the blessings that come from Christ’s bloody cross; salvation, forgiveness, life eternal.

Lord, may Thy body and Thy blood be for my soul the highest good.

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