63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him, 64 and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?” 65 And they were saying many other things against Him, blaspheming. 66 When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying, 67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; 68 and if I ask a question, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.” ~ Luke 22:63-71 (NASB)
Lord God, we condemn the Sanhedrin for their treatment of Jesus, but they couldn’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God. That claim sounded like heresy to them. Would I have recognized Jesus as the Messiah if I lived when and where He was on earth? I want to believe that I would, but the claims would have sounded preposterous. People who lived in Jesus’ time had a hard time accepting Him for who He is, but I have no excuse. I have two thousand years of historical fact, witnesses, and Your Word. Keep my eyes and my heart open to Jesus. In His name. Amen.