A Plot to Kill (Again) by Stephen Rhoda

“When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him….” (See reference below)

Here is testimony to the tenacity of unbelief, for this reference is not to the plot to kill Jesus but to kill Paul (Acts 9:23).  And here is confirmation of the words of Jesus, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”  Having crucified Jesus — and despite His resurrection from the dead — they are now plotting to kill Paul for preaching the living Christ.

Why is man so opposed to Christ and the Gospel?  Why is the hope of resurrection and eternal life such an offensive message?  Here is our deadly pride, for we would forge ahead, even into death and destruction, rather than repent and believe in Christ to receive forgiveness, righteousness, and life.

And what about you, dear reader?  Shrugging your shoulders is not the exact same thing as plotting to kill the preacher, but both responses belong to a deadly unbelief.  Repent and believe in Christ, crucified for your sins and risen from the dead.  Here is your salvation from sin and your sure hope of eternal life.