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The Sins That Crucified Jesus

The Sins That Crucified Jesus

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"For envy the chief priests had delivered him up.'' —
Mark 15 : 10.

* * Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went
unto the chief priests and said unto them, ' What will
ye give me and I will deliver him unto you?' And
they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And from that time he sought opportunity to betray
him."— Matt. 26 : 14-16.

' ' Ayid the whole multitude of them arose and led Mm
unto Pilate, and they began to accuse him, saying,
' Wc found this felloiv perverting the nation and for-
bidding to give tribute to Coesar, saying that he him-
self is Christ, a Icing.' " — Luke 23 : 1, 2.
"And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released
Barabbas unto them and delivered Jesus, when he had
scourged him, to be crucified." — Mark 15 : 15.
"For envy the chief priests had delivered him up.'' —
Mark 15 : 10.

* * Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went
unto the chief priests and said unto them, ' What will
ye give me and I will deliver him unto you?' And
they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And from that time he sought opportunity to betray
him."— Matt. 26 : 14-16.

' ' Ayid the whole multitude of them arose and led Mm
unto Pilate, and they began to accuse him, saying,
' Wc found this felloiv perverting the nation and for-
bidding to give tribute to Coesar, saying that he him-
self is Christ, a Icing.' " — Luke 23 : 1, 2.
"And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released
Barabbas unto them and delivered Jesus, when he had
scourged him, to be crucified." — Mark 15 : 15.

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THE SINS THAT CRUCIFIED JESUSPres. William DeWitt Hyde, D.D."For envy the chief priests had delivered him up.'' — Mark 15 : 10.* * Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, wentunto the chief priests and said unto them, ' What willye give me and I will deliver him unto you?' Andthey covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.And from that time he sought opportunity to betrayhim."— Matt. 26 : 14-16.' ' Ayid the whole multitude of them arose and led Mmunto Pilate, and they began to accuse him, saying,' Wc found this felloiv perverting the nation and for-bidding to give tribute to Coesar, saying that he him-self is Christ, a Icing.' " — Luke 23 : 1, 2."And so Pilate, willing to content the people, releasedBarabbas unto them and delivered Jesus, when he hadscourged him, to be crucified." — Mark 15 : 15.THESE four texts give consecutively thesins that were immediately responsiblefor the crucifixion of our Lord.These self -same sins, envy, avarice, slander,and servility, are most common in our midstto-da3^ Who is there among us that can plead''not guilty" to each of these four chargeswhich the record brings against the crucifiersof our Lord? Yet the prevalence of thesesins detracts nothing from their heinous anddeadly character. The fact that these socommon sins are the sins of Christ's murder-ers ought to deepen our abhorrence of them.179
 
MODERN SERMONSThe fact that, whenever we are envious, oravaricious; whenever we give currency toscandal, or yield to the pressure of evil in-fluence, we are joining the company of theseabhorred chief priests and elders; of theodious Judas and the detested Pilate, oughtto make us more on our guard against them.The first and chief of the sins that led toChrist's death was envy. "For envy thechief priests delivered him up."The chief priests were the prime movers.The rest were but tools in their hands. Powerand privilege and influence of all kinds, andespecially ecclesiastical power and privilegeand influence, have always been found dan-gerous gifts to trust in frail human hands.Insolence and arrogance, perversion andabuse, have almost invariably sprung fromlong-continued ecclesiastical authority, wheth-er among Jews or Christians, Catholics orProtestants, Episcopalians or Congregational-ists. The chief priests formed a pontificalclique, an ecclesiastical ring. The control of the temple was in their hands. They be-stowed the patronage. Out of the expensesconnected with the observance of a system of religious rites which they had made more andmore elaborate and costly, they took their com-missions. They had been looked, up to withunquestioning reverence all their lives by theunlettered multitude. They had always had
 
the satisfaction of running things their own180HYDEway ; and without knowing when or how theyhad come, as men generally do in such cases,to identify their own way with God's way.Their reasoning was simple, if not sound.' ' This, ' ' they said, " is a divinely ordered sys-tem of worship; we are the divinely estab-lished administrators of it. Therefore, ourviews and notions about religious matters areGod's purposes and plans. Therefore, it isGod's will that whoever opposes us should beput out of the way. ' ' If this reasoning is notsatisfactory to a dispassionate observer, it nodoubt was all-conclusive to these chief priests,who had centuries of tradition behind themand an abundance of conceit within them. Inevery age since then, and in cases before oureyes to-day, men, without a tenth part of theexcuse for it, have found, and are still finding, just such reasoning amply satisfactory. Theline between self-deception and hypocrisy isa very shadowy one; and we should neverbring a charge of the latter unless we havegiven due allowance to every indication of thepossible presence of the former. Had nothinghappened to disturb them, no doubt thesechief priests and scribes would have gonedown to history with quite as much of ahalo about their memories as has attached

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