HOST: Ron House
When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
It never ceases to amaze me to see the dark, devious attitudes and motives of the Jewish leaders. Even if their motives had been pure (which they were not), they were willing to lay aside the same law of God they claimed to be protecting in order to rid themselves of Jesus and anyone else that might cause others to believe in Him. Their deceitfulness knew no bounds as they plotted to kill, not only Jesus, but Lazarus as well. How could they have such disregard for the law that they professed to love and had devoted their lives to, and for the God that had given it to them? It is a sad testament to their hardness of heart and hypocrisy. It is a dangerous thing to become so hardened in heart that one cannot be touched by Jesus. That danger exists for us today, just as it did for the chief priests of Jesus’ day. Though our means of rejection may be much more subtle and less violent than theirs, our hardness of heart can cause the same attitudes of denial and rejection toward Jesus. May God help us always to have soft and willing hearts in accepting and submitting to Jesus as Lord.
What are some things that can cause our hearts to become hardened?
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