The Jewish authorities made the mistake of assuming that when the Messiah came he would be one of them or at least would think like them. That is, he would be concerned with upholding the religious system, for which they worked, with its power to control others, a power drawn from their claim to know more about God than mere lay people could know. The church gives us Lent as a time to rediscover who Jesus truly is in our lives and in the life of our community of faith. The authorities missed the obvious by sticking to their own presuppositions. Let us not miss the obvious, for he is with us and in us now.