Jesus on Trial

Matthew 26:57-68

Let’s all be very clear on one point: This trial was a joke. If you miss this point, then you miss the entire scene.

There really isn’t much left to be said. Notice that they were looking to convict Him of something, anything, based upon false evidence and false witnesses (26:60) and even by cheating, they couldn’t manage the job. Then, they catch a break when two men came forward to say:  “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” And the chief priest jumps for his chance: “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” (26:62), Jesus remains silent.

In verse 63, he asks Jesus if He is the Son of God. Jesus, the Suffering Servant breaks His silence and actually helped them out:

You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (26:64)

That did the trick; the trial is over.

It seems that our old friend Peter was lurking the background; I wonder what he was thinking at that moment as Jesus was found “worthy of death” for telling the truth to the Jewish leadership. We will get some insight into his thinking in the next scene, next time.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Jesus on Trial

  1. If it wasn’t so tragic and vital an event for humanity I have often found these events funny because of the extremes gone to convict Jesus, even to the breaking of the Law and as you say he almost had to seal his own destiny to have The Father’s will done.

  2. Notice, Jesus forced them to say the words “Son of God”. Whether pro or con, they finally admitted what they knew.

  3. paulfg says:

    Always I find our own “duplicity” worthy of a ponder. Knowing how the story ends, knowing how it begins, how it unfolds, knowing the script, the stage directions – what and where the props and costumes are made of – we still find so much more to disagree over than we do to agree.

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