Mark 14:53-65 53 They
took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the
teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a
distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the
guards and warmed himself at the fire.
chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus
so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many
testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We
heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three
days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to
answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But
Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the
Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds
high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You
have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they
blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the
guards took him and beat him.
There were six trials in six hours. Mark shortens things as
is his style: the three religious trials into one. Just in these religious trials
there were at least 24 illegalities:
1) No crime
2) Arrest without warrant
3) Arrest at night
4) No legal authorities
5) Biased authorities
6) Trials occurred not in a court
7) Judgment before any accusation
8) The judges cannot initiate the charges they could only
9) No official accusation/ illegal indictment
10) Secret trial
11) No defense consideration
12) No defense team
14) Trial before sundown
15) During the Passover Feast
16) Bribes of the witnesses
17) False witnesses
18) Abuse of evidence/not verified
19) Illegal reading of the verdict
20) Violence in the courtroom
21) They switched the charges! They started with Blasphemy,
but that’s not worthy of the death penalty with the Romans, so they switched it
to “wanting to overthrow Caesar”!
22) Trial concluded in one day
23) If the verdict was unanimous the defendant must go free
24) Intervention of the high priest in the proceedings
This was a judicial joke! A scam! A mockery!
Look at vs. 55 again: The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin
were looking for evidence against Jesus so
that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.
They were searching for something to make legal a verdict
they had already decided on!
But they found none! If we have the arrogance and self-pride
to judge Jesus we will end up with nothing too.
Vs. 56 said they got lots of testimony, but none agreed with
each other. One of the testimonies actually misquoted something Jesus said in John 2:19.
said He said was “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this
temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made
What Jesus really said was, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
Jesus was talking about Himself. “If you destroy Me,
I will rise up in three days.” And
here they were trying to destroy the temple - Jesus and He was prophesying that
when they did He would rise again in three days!
defended Himself. The only time He spoke was when the high priest asked Him if
He was the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One. And Jesus said: “I am, and you will see the Son of Man
sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of
Jesus was the only one present who told the
truth that night. For the second time
that night He said “I Am” announcing to all that He was God true God – Yahweh.
His next sentence referenced Daniel
7:13-14 13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son
of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and
was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign
power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is
an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that
will never be destroyed.
Only Jesus said He would be seated at the right hand of God. In
Daniel, He was presented. But Christ went on as if saying He was presented and
God approved and seated Him at His right hand. Jesus was judge – not them! That’s why He never defended Himself!
As priests and church leaders they
recognized what He was quoting and it made them crazy! The high priest tore his
mantle and called it blasphemy. And they hit Him!
The version I read (NIV) said the
soldiers took Him and hit Him. Many versions say they received Him and hit Him. How do we receive Jesus? With pride and rebellion? Or by humbly bowing
down in worship? All the people present that night accept Jesus were really the
ones being judged – by how they received
Jesus. May OUR hands not be slapping Him in rebellion, but be lifted to Him
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