We can look back at the story of Jesus' birth and see that earlier in his Gospel Luke gave us some hints of what is taking place in this scene.
- At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel told Mary that her child would be given the "throne of David" (he would be the royal messiah) and would be called "the Son of God." Now, at his trial, Jesus is convicted for allowing himself to be called by these titles.
- At the presentation in the Temple, Simeon took the child in his arms and said that we was destines "to be a sign that will be rejected." We are watching this rejection happen here.
From Jesus' own mouth the Sanhedrin heard what they were looking for. Now, off to Pilate to get the death penalty.
Once Jesus enters your life, you have to accept him or "kill him." He is never a neutral bystander.
It's like the sun. You either let it affect you, or block it out.
Sometimes, except for our religious practices, we block Jesus out of our lives, or parts of our lives.
if it's being done unconsciously, it's going to require some soul-searching, and some help from the Lord.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw