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                   run the risk of seeing the whole nation baptized. There was a decisive character about

                   this session that the Sanhedrin held. St. John says that from that day forth they took
                   counsel together for to put Him to death .

                     These are the considerations that led to the Saviour's crucifixion. Though they were
                   inspired by diverse factors, they had the same end. It was to choose blood instead of

                   Salvation, and reject, in favour of this world, the Kingdom which does not belong to it.

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                     If the chosen people had amalgamated with the nations, they would have played out

                   their role of mystical fecundation in the midst of the others. From the esoteric point of
                   view, this was the highest task that a people consecrated to Divine Service could hope

                   to undertake.

                     Of course, in refusing the baptism, the Jewish people, like the Gentile nations, kept

                   their identity towards the 'World'. But they had to pay a heavy tribute for this; Caïaphas’
                   calculation  was  erroneous.  Even  the  wise  men  of  Israel  did  not  hearken  to  Christ’s

                   warning: did ye never read in the Scriptures, the stone which the builders rejected, the

                   same is become the head of the corner . Therefore, say I unto you, the Kingdom of God
                   shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof .

                     35  John, XI, 53.
                        Psalm, CXVII (CXVIII), 22.
                        Matt., XXI, 43; Mark, XII, 10; Luke, XX, 17; Acts, IV, 11.
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