When the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?”
The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived?
The phrase “Are you also deceived?” always fascinated me.
Here is the greatest Prophet of all time, Messiah, and the Son of God, Who fulfills all scripture concerning His coming.
But this is not what the chief priests and Pharisees wanted. Their desire was a Messiah that agreed with their doctrine, lifestyle, and godliness.
That’s not the case with Jesus.
He told them their ways were totally wrong and called them hypocrites.
When the priests and Pharisees ordered Him arrested, the arresting officers came back without Him because of the way Jesus taught.
There are many that believe Christians are deceived – atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, and so on. Of course, each believes his belief is the right belief, including Christians.
However, in my study of many other religions, I find Jesus better at satisfying my needs. Not my personal needs of someone looking for a belief, but in fulfilling my spiritual needs of forgiveness, mercy, grace, and love.
Am I deceived?
How can one be deceived when such grace and hope is handed to you for free at the cost of Someone else.
To not accept this great salvation is a deception you do to yourself!