From the Garden of Gethsemane to the Garden Route…
It sometimes happens that “strange bedfellows” get together to pool their resources and to work against a common foe or rival. Political alliances are formed by parties that have been sworn enemies for decades. Businesses that have been competing for market share settle their differences to oppose a newcomer. In international affairs countries that have fought each other in wars will team up together to make a strong defence pact.
The Roman authorities were no friends of the Jewish religious leadership in Christ’s day. The Jewish leaders – and their people – just yearned to be rid of their Roman overlords. And neither group was kindly disposed to Jesus or any of his disciples. But for Judas there was a chance to “make a quick buck”. The Jewish leaders were plain jealous of Jesus and saw him as a threat to their hold over the population and the traditions they had built up. The Romans were happy to have the collaboration of the traitor and the Jewish bigwigs in order to keep law and order – there was a history of trouble from would-be rebels and Jesus had talked about his “kingdom”. So the league of evil went to work – with some money changing hands to “facilitate” the operation.
People involved in evil go to great lengths to achieve their goals. They “leave no stone unturned” and sink many differences with natural enemies. Have your eyes wide open and never be surprised when evil surfaces. Greed, envy, and power make a toxic brew. And they will still league together to ultimately crucify us, the voters.