Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire. 55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. 57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree. 60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
The ugliness of who we can be, happened to Jesus as he travelled the road to Calvary. Plotting evil, lies, and sinking low and spitting on him and as the spiritual says, “he never said a mumblin’ word.” He did reply when they asked him if he was the Messiah but they accused him that it was all a lie, blasphemy. Imagine calling the truth a lie. We have it all around us now. People accuse those speaking about Covid 19 as telling lies. We are wicked. We need a Saviour who washes away the sin of the world…
Lord, help us to walk hard days the way Jesus did; always knowing that you will see us through. Let the Holy Spirit lead us to the truth and in so doing find eternal rest with you. Amen.