Luke 22:66-71 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said...
The men we see in today's passage, the Jewish leaders, were out to get Jesus, whatever it took. As I first read this account, I felt a little angered by their actions. And then it hit me how much they needed Jesus, but they couldn't see it because they were so caught up in themselves--their position, their power, their comfort. As I was thinking about this, it brought to mind an experience I had a number of years back when I had flown out to the west coast to attend a workshop. There were about 15 of us there and the very first thing we did was go around the room and tell the others who we were and where we worked. Out of the 15, two of us worked in Christian ministry. Most of the people seemed indifferent, but there two or three who then made it a point to openly put down Christians and God. At first I was irritated, but later when I was back in my hotel room, that irritation turned to sadness and then tears. All I could think about was how these precious people were on their way to hell and they were absolutely proud of it (like the men in our passage). I went to that workshop to improve my vocal skills. That happened, but the biggest benefit of the workshop was God working in my heart about lost people. As I flew home I had a renewed energy and commitment to tell others about Christ.
So were you moved like I was by these men's need for a Savior? Or did God impress something else on your heart from this passage? Either way, we all know people who need Jesus. So who is that person(s) for you, and what will you do to help them meet Jesus? Tami
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