3 Answers

  1. First, because they did not want to violate the will of Christ.

    And secondly, how could they not have tried, when:

    While he was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and one of the twelve, called Judas, went before them, and he came to Jesus to kiss Him. For he has given them this sign: Whomever I kiss, This is it. 48 But Jesus said to him, ” Judas! Do you betray the Son of Man by kissing him? 49 But when those who were with him saw what was going on, they said to him, ” Lord! shall we strike with the sword? 50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 51 Then Jesus said, ” Leave it alone, it is enough.” And he touched his ear and healed him.

    from Luke

  2. Because Jesus forbade it to be done, as it is said in the Gospel of Matthew.

    From that time on, Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go up to Jerusalem, and suffer many things at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day rise again.

    And Peter called Him away, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be merciful to Yourself, O Lord. Don't let that happen to You!

    But he turned and said to Peter, ” Get away from Me, Satan.” You're a temptation to Me! because you don't think about what's divine, but what's human.

    Mt 16: 21-23

    Jesus made it clear that he would be killed. Not because it can't avoid it, but because it's necessary to save people. And your quote is just right – Jesus went to “lay down his life for others”, only all people were his friends, and he went to death for them. Is it possible to stop someone who goes to show his love, even if out of love for him?

  3. It is obvious to anyone who has read the Gospel that all they did was try. Pilate made the last decisive attempt, and the Jewish high priests, in principle, did not insist too much on Barabbas.

    Christ was torn apart by the crowd – this is the meaning of the gospel parable, and it is for this reason that no one dared to go this way after him. Everyone sooner or later begins to think about how to escape from the crucifixion.

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