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                     The policy that the Sanhedrin followed clearly illustrates man's inner struggle when

                   he found himself at the crossroads where the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and  Evil is
                   situated: torn between the call of Heaven on one side and of the Earth on the other; and

                   more often than not, incapable of fighting the inertia that creeps over him and makes

                   him choose Illusion, submitting to the Law of Chance.

                     The  Gospels  enlighten  us  on  the  meaning  of  a  tragedy  that  was  enacted  at  a
                   particularly restless time, in the midst of an overwrought people. But before trying to

                   find  the  meaning  of  an  event  which,  from  an  esoteric  point  of  view,  was  the  most

                   important since the Flood, we must search the New Testament for the thread of facts

                   where  the  strictly  human  reasons  are  to  be  found.  For,  judging  from  the  without
                   reaction  to  Christ's  Advent  and  His  work,  it  was  for  purely  human  motives  that  the

                   Sanhedrin asked the Roman procurator to deliver Jesus to them to be crucified.

                     First of all, let us note St. John's attestation when he speaks of the Word being made

                   flesh: the light... was in the world, and the world knew Him not. He came unto his own,
                   and his own received him not .
                     Who were his own? They constituted the spiritual lineage which, starting from Noah,

                   continued through Moses and David down to the heirs presumptive of the Tradition,

                   assembled together in the big sanctuary and presiding over the Sanhedrin. The room
                   where the Sanhedrin met, repre-

                        John, I, 10-11.
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