Jesus before Sanhedrin
READ Matthew 26:57-68
This whole Sanhedrin gathered to try Jesus (57). Their duplicity is evident from the outset (59, 60) as they attempt to manufacture evidence against Him. Eventually they find two men who can offer them trumped-up charges concerning Jesus’ statements about the temple (61). It seems very likely that Jesus had indeed said something about the temple, which they were able to twist to their ends (22:38; 24:2; John 2:19).
Jesus’ refusal to answer their interrogation (63) recalls what is written in Isaiah concerning the Servant of the Lord: “He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7; Psalm 38:12-14). The book of Acts records how the church identified Jesus as the Servant of the Lord very early on, and indeed pointed to His behavior at the trial as an example to servants who are being sorely tried by the accusations and abuse of unjust employers (Acts 3:13; 4:30; 1 Peter 2:20-25).
Eventually, however, Jesus says that He is indeed “the Christ, the Son of God” (63), and goes on to develop this by using apocalyptic imagery (64). It is a vision of majesty and of Jesus coming as the Judge of the whole earth, as He has already promised to His disciples (24:30; 25:31). It is this statement which leads inevitably to Caiaphas’ dramatic response to what he took to blasphemy (65). Jesus’ claim was tantamount to a proclamation of His deity. No orthodox Jew could tolerate such a statement, so they abuse Him and mock Him as a false prophet (67, 68).
PRAY Spend extra time today reflecting on the fact that Jesus suffered
in your place. Ask God to help you feel something of what Jesus
went through for you. Be thankful that because He suffered all this for you, you are able to enter into life.