45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” 46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. 47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.” 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?” 52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
The temple guards, who were supposed to arrest Jesus, came back in awe of Jesus. They are ridiculed for believing that, maybe, Jesus is the Messiah. The Jewish leaders were so caught up in the law that they were incapable of really understanding Jesus’ words of life and grace. Their belief that only they knew the truth stopped them from seeing the fulfilment of the law in front of their eyes.
Sometimes I can get caught up in what is the ‘right’ thing to do rather than bringing God’s grace and words of life to a situation. When I look with the eyes of Jesus and listen with the ears and heart of Jesus I can allow others to experience the awesomeness of Jesus. When my thinking gets out of the way, others can know Jesus as the Messiah and worship Him.
Father I thank you that you sent Jesus to earth so that we don’t have to live under law but can now live under grace. Father I pray that your grace and truth will abound in me so that it can overflow into the lives of those around me. Amen
Written by Meredith O’Neill