Today's verses are Mark 14:55,56: "Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to out him to death, but the found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree." What a mock trial this was against Jesus! Not only was it being held in the middle of the night (probably around 2 o'clock in the morning), with the chief priest and the Council of elders having been arranged to meet at an odd hour for a trial in the middle of the night, but Jesus' judges "were seeking testimony against him." They didn't have the proper witnesses to convict him so they sought witnesses to testify against him.
Here is my insight today: if you don't want to love Jesus, if you don't want to yield your life to him, you will find reasons not to believe. You'll seek them out. You'll try to find every possible escape hatch to prove he is not who he says he is. You'll refuse to look at the facts. Your mind is already made up.
That's why Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened" (Matthew 7:7,8). It is our responsibility to ask, seek and knock. It's God's responsibility to answer. If we do ask, seek and knock, with an open heart, desiring above all objective truth, we will discover the truth about Jesus. We will discover he is God's Son who has taken the weight of our sin upon himself. We will discover his eternal love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and kindness.
Conversely, if we want to find reasons not to believe, we will. If we want to find objections to Jesus' lordship over our lives, we will. If we want to find testimony against him, we will.
The scribes and the Council of elders didn't want to believe. They had made up their minds before the trial ever began to convict Jesus without every examining the evidence. They had already decided he wasn't God in human flesh, the Lord of all life, before the trial even began. Therefore, they sealed their eternal fate.
Is this use? Have you already decided Jesus isn't who he said he is? If so, why? Does the potential evidence scare you?
If you truly seek who Jesus is, you will find who Jesus is.
But the choice is ours.