When we read the first paragraph of Luke we see that his account of Jesus was well researched. Interviews were made, evidence available, the message of a risen savior proclaimed by Paul confirmed. The events occurred in a culture antagonistic to Jesus, to a people not easily duped, and mass delusions of the exact same sort do not happen. Jesus is real, alive, and he showed up.
People often call for proof and when presented with such still choose to ignore it. Still, God grants Theopholis and hence us a careful and researched account of Jesus. God granted Gideon a sign, Moses a sign, etc. But proof does not change hearts. The religious leaders of the day asked for proof, had proof and proof was not enough.
Jesus pursued humanity. God came to us (advent), lived among us (Immanuel), and comforted us (wonderful counselor). When the boss shows up people change or people become resentful. The leadership of the day had everything to lose by acknowledging Jesus. Not really, but in their minds they did. Still, given all of that Jesus still pursued knowing full well what had to happen.
God’s justice demands perfection and perfection is what we get through Jesus. A perfect sacrifice was needed to cover the sin of man and the brokenness of creation. God chose to be that sacrifice himself. The love of God does not negate judgement. Jesus instead became the one who took on himself the penalty due to us. God still judges, Jesus made the payment, once for all sin.
The issue when proof, reason, and God’s Word come in to play is what are you passionate about? We can either pursue our relationship with God passionately, or we can pursue ourselves. The leadership of the day pursued themselves and ignored pursuit of Christ. In the end we choose what we will be passionate about.