Eyewitness Stories: John 18:33
Message: Matthew 26:63,64
In Your Bible: Lev 24:6; Matthew 26:63, 64; Mark:1-5; Luke 23:1-16; John 18:13-38; 15-18 and 24-27.
It seemed strange for Jesus to allow soldiers to capture him at Gethsemane and lead him away. Also strange to allow two powerful leaders to take him to trial. But, Jesus did not argue the absurd case against him. He knew his time on earth would soon come to an end. And the next step was what the Father asked of him. Yes, he did it for all mankind.
Before the High Priest
During the time of his trial before the high priest and Roman governor, the words Jesus did not say, were as important as those he did! He’d spoken openly for years, why arrest him now? The words he said now dumbfounded the Jewish officials.
People gave false testimony, but that failed to convince Caiaphas. The chief priest said, “I command you by authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus was curt: “You yourself said it. And that is not all, soon you will see it for yourself: The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One, arriving on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:63, 64 Message).
Pilot asked Jesus, if he was the King of the Jews. Jesus replied, Is that your own question, or have others told you about me?” (John 18:33 Eyewitness Stories). Jesus told the Jewish high priest little more than he told the Roman officials who had authority to kill him.
Now Jesus was to take next step the Father asked of him. Yes, he did it for all mankind.
Prayer: Father, thank you for Jesus and his steadfast willingness to follow your path to the cross for me.
Questions: If you were accused of a crime you didn’t commit, how would you respond to false accusations during your trial? What would you expect Jesus to say at his trial?