"The Jewish leaders insisted, 'We have a law, and according to that law, He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God'"
Because I am not too keen on boardgames and strategy games, unless of course it's Candy Land or Chutes & Ladders (ok, I know there's not much strategy in those, but I'm GOOD!), all of my deep insights and knowledge concerning chess can be summed up in one line: Checkmate means, "IT IS OVER!" The entire game is not built around meaningless and random moves, but on carefully calculated strategies that are designed to put the opposition into a "checkmate" position. And, at that point, it's GAME OVER.
According to the Law, only a spotless lamb was acceptable as a sin offering. Jesus was that pure and spotless lamb. They had condemned Him to die. Without realizing it, the Jewish leaders helped to prove everything that had ever been said concerning Jesus: who He was and why He had come.
The Law had condemned us all. Therefore, for our redemption, He had to die. This was all possible because of the power and the love of this One who claimed to be, who was and who is, the Son of God. And, at that moment, He put the opposition into a "checkmate" position. The pure and spotless lamb was to die...just as the Law had said.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are redeemed! We are saved! We are changed! He did for us what we could have never done on our own. The Son of God loves us. But, it all leads us to daily answer this question: How will that truth change me or affect me today? Will I live as though I am changed? Will I walk and talk like one who has been redeemed? Is being "saved" just a word to identify me as a closed-minded hypocrite, or does it truly define me by what I've come through and where He's leading me? Today, you and I have another opportunity to live out our recognition of all He is, and all He has done in our lives, for our lives, and through our lives.