Jesus is in the midst of a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a trial.
First, he was brought before Annas, an influential religious leader and the former high priest. Then, in the middle of the night he was dragged to Caiphas, Annas’ son-in-law and the current high priest. Throughout the ordeal, Jesus was falsely accused, mocked, spat upon and beaten.
Now, at daybreak, he was taken to the Sanhedrin, the official religious ruling council. They had one key question for Jesus, in an attempt to try to pin a charge of blasphemy on him:
“If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”
Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You say that I am.”
Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
(Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71)
Then they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. They demanded that Pilate order Jesus’ execution.They accused him of subverting the nation, opposing the payment of taxes to Caesar and claiming to be king. Pilate debated with them and then decided to interrogate Jesus in private to see for himself what all the hubub was about:
“Are you the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked him.
“You have said so,” Jesus said. “Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?”
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
(Matthew 27:2, 11-14; Mark 15:1-5; Luke 23:2-5; John 18:28-38)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
The world keeps trying to categorize Jesus. He continually defies those attempts.
His kingdom is “from another place.” He was sent to this planet “to testify to the truth.”
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Do what “everyone on the side of truth” does: listen to him.(Image credit: Shutterstock.com)