Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
So from that day on they plotted to take his life. John 11:45-46, 53 (NIV)
Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. John 12:9-11 (NIV)
I have just been watching a short video clip of the interrogation of Jesus by Caiaphas. Jesus at first was silent, then in answer to the direct question ‘Are you the Messiah?’, he answers, ‘I am’. This answer brings an astonishing response – they condemn him as being guilty of blasphemy.
I keep wondering what Jesus could have done to convince the Jewish authorities of who he was? I think the answer has to be nothing. Jesus had performed many miracles and the Jewish authorities had already decided to kill him. They weren’t willing to be convinced by the miracles and the evidence (e.g. the man born blind, the raising of Lazarus). Nor were they willing to be convinced by Jesus’ words.
Where do you find yourself today? Believing in Jesus, having weighed up the evidence, or still doubting? Perhaps you have a very strong negative reaction to the claims of Jesus to be God’s Son and the promised Messiah. Look again at the evidence recorded in the Gospels and ask yourself what that evidence shows.
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