63 The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. 64 They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 65 And they said many other insulting things to him. 66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” 70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
In this passage, the leading priests and teachers of the law, were trying to get a confession out of Jesus in order to charge Him and sentence Him to death. But Jesus was aware of what they were doing and would not enter the game they were playing, saying “If I tell you, you won’t believe Me, and if I ask, you won’t answer”. He knows their hearts are hardened towards Him.
As I reflect, I wonder how hardened my heart is? Or what parts I close off to Him? If I ask Jesus something, will I believe Him? Or will I too play games, asking for another sign or ignore what He says?
Lord, You are great and know all things. You see straight to our heart. You know when we dance around the edges. Help us to humble ourselves and listen and receive what You have to say.
Written by Gab Martin