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The Conspirators

The English word "conspire" originated from two Latin words, con, meaning to, and spiro, meaning breathe i.e. conspire literally means to breathe together, or to have the same spirit (see the Fact Finder question below to understand how the principle of the Holy Spirit is also a matter of breathing together, but for good).

Those who plotted the murder of Jesus Christ manifested both forms of the evil kind of conspiring - they breathed together, they talked together to bring about their criminal plot, and they surely had the same spirit of evil in doing so.

"If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation"

The persecution of true Christians through the ages has been both religious and political. Worldly religious authorities viewed God's true people as a threat because of the truth that they preached from the Word of God, while worldly politicians viewed them as a threat because they looked to another King as their leader. The conspirators against Christ manifested both.

The religious conspirators were also worried about their political standing. Ironically, Caiaphas, the high priest (the function which was created to be a living prophecy of Christ - see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?), seemed to have some awareness that Christ was the Lamb of God, which was, and still is, contrary to what the people of Judah have given themselves to believe i.e. that the Messiah would come and reign and not be killed (correct, but not until His second coming - see Why Two Comings Of The Christ?):


"11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 11:46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death." (John 11:45-53 KJV)

Judas was a conspirator with the religious authorities, but his involvement was more personal and political - he rejected Christ's leadership, as prophesied for him (see Was Judas Necessary?).

"26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 26:15 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.

26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him." (Matthew 26:14-16 KJV)

The Romans were the actual executioners, even though they all knew that Christ was innocent of any wrongdoing (see also They All Knew), but they killed Him anyway merely for their political convenience.

"27:13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 27:14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."

27:20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

27:21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?

They said, Barabbas.

27:22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?

They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

27:23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?

But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:13-19 KJV)

Fact Finder: The conspirators against Christ obviously breathed evil, had an evil spirit together (conspire means to breathe). In contrast, how is the good Spirit, the Spirit of God, also a "breath"?
See The Spirit Of God

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