Wednesday 24 September, 2014

Matthew 26:57-68

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest. The teachers of the law and the elders had come together there. 58 Not too far away, Peter followed Jesus. He went right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see what would happen. 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for something to use against Jesus. They wanted to put him to death. 60 But they did not find any proof, even though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two other witnesses came forward. 61 They said, “This fellow claimed, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God. I can build it again in three days.’” 62 Then the high priest stood up. He asked Jesus, “Aren’t you going to answer? What are these charges that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I command you under oath by the living God. Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 “Yes. It is just as you say,” Jesus replied. “But here is what I say to all of you. In days to come, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One. You will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes. He said, “He has spoken a very evil thing against God! Why do we need any more witnesses? You have heard him say this evil thing. 66 What do you think?” “He must die!” they answered. 67 Then they spit in his face. They hit him with their fists. Others slapped him. 68 They said, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who hit you?”

Gosh Jesus ended up in a place where there was nothing He could say that was going to help His situation. Whatever He said the high priests were going to twist it to make Him sound guilty. So He limited what He said and He didn’t really try and defend Himself. He was in the place God needed Him to be and He was willing to be there.

How about us? What can I learn from how Jesus handled this situation? Sometimes we will find ourselves in difficult situations even though they are the right situations, the place where God would have us be. Jesus is with us in those times and He can help us when we feel under attack.

Help me Lord to get a clear picture of what you would have me do. And then help me to stick with it even during hard times. Help me to have confidence in You and what You have asked me to do – that You have a plan even when it doesn’t look like it.

Written by Therese Manning

2 replies
  1. Richard Botta says:

    Jesus’ silence is powerful. He doesn’t dignify what was an illegal trial with responses until His identity, as Messiah, was challenged. The Jews were looking for Messiah. Here He was but they did not recognize Him. Jesus’ self proclamation was not acceoted. It intrigues me how they had expected to recognize Messiah, which Jesus clearly did not fit. A political powerhouse is the common answer, one who would lead Israel from the oppression of the Romans.
    Jesus’ was leading to another drum beat. His was the beat of the Kingdom and the implications were therefore quite different. So the questions being asked did not need an answer until the question of His Messiahship.
    So when do i need to keep silent in the face of accusation and for what reason(s) should i speak up?
    Father give me wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain silent in the face of accusation.

  2. Rachel Tomc says:

    Matthew 26: 57- 68

    – it’s not always easy to follow Jesus, there will be people who will judge us and want to protest against us
    – it can be hard to stand firm in faith when others around you think otherwise

    – I need to learn to always stay true to what I believe and help those around me who may be unsure or are being pulled down

    Help me lord to know your word better and to continue to become more confident in you, and help me to not let others persuade my opinions of the relationship and the knowledge I have of you

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