Jesus refused to have the events of His day cause Him to have a Calloused Heart toward His Father or toward His mission.
Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
2“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 3The chief priests accused him of many things. 4So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” 5But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
6Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
9“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
We need to be careful to not allow events to cause us to have a calloused heart. This finds us at a loss for our joy.
As worshippers of God how much do we have thirst in our lives to seek God? Has a calloused heart caused a hardness toward God?
The calloused heart has a tendency to repeat the same mistakes. It refuses to learn any lessons.
The calloused heart has little regard for the truth.
The calloused heart does not care what happens to other people. Do not become so calloused that you forget the plight of your fellow mankind.
The calloused heart can create hardships and have us neglect our responsibilities.
Jesus always remained sensitive to those around Him. Reflect on the sacrifice that God made- because He loves you!