66 As soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people were gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Jesus away into their council, saying, 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you won’t believe.”
I find Jesus’ words heart-breaking. This may be what Jesus was referring to when he advised us not to throw our pearls before swine. I can think of no pearl more beautiful than that God’s son came down to earth to live as one of us and die the death we all deserve in our place; by the cross, we are saved, and the cross alone. But there are those who, even if Jesus himself came down fro heaven again and stood in front of them, would not believe; their hearts are too hard. We all know what it’s like to have someone’s heart be hard toward us. It is heart-breaking for us; we can only imagine how much it breaks God’s heart when we, his creations, do the same to him. Instead of trying fruitlessly to force people to be kind, we can instead be grateful for our own salvation–the only thing that lifted US out of the miry clay–and ask God to bless those who are enemies of Christ and us. We have the privilege of praying for them; only God can soften a hard heart, and He knows best how to do it.
xo Caroline (p.s. sorry about the break; I have some carpal tunnel issues in my right wrist; prayer would be so appreciated! xo)