66 At dawn the elders of the people met together. These included the chief priests and the teachers of the law. Jesus was led to them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me. 68 And if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” 70 They all asked, “Are you the Son of God then?” He replied, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more witnesses? We have heard it from his own lips.”
Jesus had given the council long enough to watch him and listen to Him and recognise who he was by the prophesies He fulfilled. Two agendas are coming to a climax here: that of the Jews to get rid of Jesus permanently; and that of God to forgive all of our sins through the death and resurrection of His son. God’s agenda was what mattered to Jesus; not playing the games of the elders and priests.
I find so many things that happen in day to day life much less stressful when I choose Gods agenda for my life over the demands of worldly people. I am reminded by Jesus’ actions and responses to his accusers that I don’t have to get revenge, I don’t have to justify myself, I don’t need to take the hurt they cause me. I am justified in God’s eyes. He will take me out of this world one day to be with Him and nothing the world can do can change that.
But I am here and things go wrong and people are mean and life is unfair. Despite this I hold to the truth that Jesus chose the will of the father and kept His integrity to the end, and is seated at the right hand of God. I have a victorious saviour who has my back and has all things in His control, and that is enough for me, enough for now.
Lord Jesus, I ask you to help me keep your example in the front of my mind as I deal with the everyday. Keep me from anger, from retaliation and from following the wrong agendas. Show me your way, for You alone are victorious.
Written by Dimity Milne