Scripture selection: Luke 22:66

At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”

They thought this would be the morning to settle everything.  They would finally take decisive action; finally do away with this Jesus who was causing them so much upset.

They demanded that he make the claim they saw as blasphemous.  “If you are the Messiah, tell us.”

He wouldn’t play their game.  He only reminded them of how they had already decided who he was and what he deserved.

So, they thought this morning, they would settle things once and for all.

They were only partially right.

On that morning so long ago – that morning when Jesus day of trial began – things were being settled once and for all.

But it wasn’t that Jesus of Nazareth was finally going to be out of their hair.

It was that the decisive victory over evil and death was soon to be won.  They didn’t know it, but they were only actors in a much greater drama than they could imagine.

It is true for us too.

We are all part of the drama – all part of that great struggle – that great spiritual warfare underway.

And, like them, we must decide once and for all, which side we are on.

It’s daybreak again.

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