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Christís Capture and Trial: Matthew 26

When Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the garden of Gethsemane all His disciples fled and deserted Him.  Even Peter  who had stated his intention to die with his Lord of needed, denied Jesus three times. But Jesus in complete obedience and utter faith in His Father resolutely faced His accusers.

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.
58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.
60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
61 Finally two came forward and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' "
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?"
63 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."

Matthew 26

  • All of the events of Christís crucifixion and resurrection fulfilled O.T. prophecies (e.g. silent before accusers, and all the details of the crucifixion).

  • Jesus was condemned by the lies of those who twisted and distorted the meaning of His words. Yet set an example by not replying to the slander.

  • Though innocent Christ submitted to Godís will that he should be demeaned and killed.

  Jesus now finally answered His detractors saying firmly:
64 "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.
66 What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered.
Such gracious words from Jesus, yet met with utter condemnation by those who should have known better!  Jesus did not threaten, did not seek rescue but humbly submitted to His death. Some words from Isaiah sum up the wonder and beauty of the Lord Jesus' character:

"He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth." Isaiah 53:7

 

 

 

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