Jesus was a divine scapegoat. He not only revealed to us what God had been doing all along, but also unmasked the scapegoat mechanism for all to see. Through Jesus, we see the truth of violence, that it comes from us, and not from God.
In killing Jesus, Satan though he had won. But in reality, when Jesus died, Satan cast out Satan. Jesus defeated Satan at his own game. Jesus died at hell’s gates so that He might ride through them in victory.
Satan uses religion to defeat himself, but in a way that only solidifies his own power and influence in the world. He uses violent religion to kill the messengers of God, who have been demonized by the religion of power and violence.
When religion reacts violently to evil, this may not be God judgment against sin, but rather, Satan casting out Satan. It may be that Satan casts out Satan to make it look like God winning, when in reality, Satan is using violent religion to consolidate and amplify his own power.
Why does Jesus say “Go and sin no more” when it is impossible to “go and sin no more”? By looking at John 5 and John 8, a beautiful truth emerges about Jesus’ statement that people should “Go and sin no more.”