“Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him” (Mark 3:6).
The Pharisees were not normally murderers.
They were highly religious, faithful keepers of the flame, staunch defenders of orthodoxy, and determined champions of conservatism. If there had been a Tea Party of their day, they were it. They hated modernism, treasured the heroes of their past, and wanted to return the nation to the glory days of centuries past.
But their hatred for Jesus trumped their devotion to God.
Hatred is a toxin, which when introduced into the soft, vulnerable and defenseless soul of mankind, wreaks havoc, destroys everything it touches, and sends its host spiraling ever downward toward the lowest pit of hell. Hatred corrupts and perverts, sabotages and undermines.
Saddest of all is watching good people fall into its grasps and never come up for air.