Mark 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
We are all a lot easier to read than we think! The chief priests are delivering Jesus to be crucified because of his false religion etc. Pilate knows immediately what is the real motivation behind them trying to cause the death of Jesus.
He knows that it is because they are jealous of Jesus. I am sure that they would have denied this. I am pretty sure that they had no idea that someone could look at them and see it so easily and so clearly like Pilate did.
Pilate had no special spiritual insight. It was just obvious. You guys are jealous because He is more well liked than you. You make up false accusations and try to cause His death but He isn’t the real problem you are.
So Pilate gives them one more chance to get out of the situation. He must be thinking, you guys are going to be sorry you did this. Let me help you out of this mistake but no they were determined. They are wrong. History holds them responsible. They made a huge mistake.
Not much is different about us. We think that people can’t read us but they can. We are usually pretty easily read! How many of our problems are caused by being insecure and comparing ourselves to others. 2Corinthians 10:12 How many times do we react because we are jealous.
Why do we feel like we have been treated unfairly? Why do we think that we do not have enough? Why do we want more?
Most of those could be answered by saying that we look at others and what they have more than by asking what is God’s will for my life!
We may but another spin on our sin but it is still pretty easy to read. A lost man like Pilate could see it! You may say that you have a good reason but others know better. You really have this problem because of jealousy.
Wow, that is pretty hard to stomach. Die to self! Accept that God has a plan for your life. Trust Him to work in and through you the way He sees fit. Let’s not let envy be the motivating factor in our lives!