“Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. ’What are we accomplishing?’ they asked. ‘Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.’” (John 11:47-48 NIV)
Fear drove the Pharisees to plot against Jesus. Jesus had performed the ultimate miracle and now He was a marked man. They could not let Jesus continue, they had to stop Him.
What was it about Jesus that so enraged them? Why were they so afraid? It was what they saw when they looked at Him.
The Pharisees did not see Him as the Son of God. They did not see Him as the Healer. They did not see Him as the Messiah sent to save them. Instead, when they looked at Jesus, they saw someone who threatened their way of life. They saw a man gaining notoriety and fame. They saw a man the people followed with devotion. And they became fearful.
How do we see Jesus? Do we see Him as a Holy vending machine simply there to give us everything we ask for? Do we see Jesus as refuge? When we look to Him do we expect healing or provision?
These verses today made me stop and think about what I see when I look to Jesus. It made me think about my prayers and the meaning behind them. It made me wonder if I really believe that Jesus is the Son of God and if I am following Him or my own selfish desires.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” (Matt. 16:15 NIV)