There is so much irony in this verse! The Messiah of the world is right in front of the Jewish leaders, yet they are so focused on shadows (the rituals of Passover, which were designed to prepare the people for the Messiah) they can’t see Him.
How often in our churches and routines are we more focused on traditions or customs, instead of being awake to Jesus and His reality? Our relationship to Jesus is the key. Traditions, rituals and customs of the Church are designed to point us to Jesus, not distract us from that relationship.
John 18:28 NLT
“Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover.”
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