Easter is when hate prevailed. From Thursday to Friday, evil had its way. But it didn’t start then, and it didn’t end then. It started earlier, when Jesus touched a raw nerve. He told them that only the meek and humble would be able to receive him. That shoe certainly didn’t fit. So in the middle of his sermon in the synagogue, some jumped up and others followed and they dragged Jesus out to throw him off a cliff.
“They got up, and drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.” Luke 4:29
Well, it didn’t work that time. That was just a practice run. They would get smarter and better organized and it would work the next time.
But Jesus wouldn’t be quiet. He preached that they were too full of themselves, and not full enough of the love of God or their neighbor.
Hate prevailed at Easter. The killing of Jesus did not end their hate. Saul continued with the hate when he persecuted both and men and women who became followers of the Risen Christ.
There is still a battle of hate. This time it is Christians who choose to hate others (cloaked in the words “hate the sin, love the sinner”).
Those Jewish leaders would not have described their emotions and actions as hate. They hated the sin and not the sinner. But you see, Jesus was the sinner to them. And to get rid of the sin, they tried to kill the sinner.
Look back at what they got upset about. They were not meek and humble! Jesus had nailed them before they nailed him.
Hate prevailed. But the story is not over yet. There is more to come.