Another Side of Sunday: The Path

When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us,” but he replied to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth.”

Luke 22:66-71

Jesus turns it back onto his accusers. Are you the Messiah? Are you the One we have been promised? It really doesn’t matter if He is or not – Jesus already revealed them for what they were: men who put their religion on for show. They weren’t searching for a Messiah. They probably really didn’t want one, because at that point – their show would end.

Do we have to ask, “Are you the Messiah?” and if we do are we ready for the answer? The decision of the Sanhedrin was made even before Jesus was brought into the room – the leaders just needed to make it look legitimate to ease their consciences.

How many times have I eased my conscience? How many times have a rationalized: “The ends justifies the means”? It’s a difficult topic to be honest about, but it happens, and far more often than I’d like to admit.

Dear Lord, I hate to admit that I could find myself on the side of the Sanhedrin – looking you square in the eye and trying to figure out how to send you to the cross. It’s at those times, in spite of myself, that I need you the most, and I know in my heart, you will not turn away.

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