Jesus's words on the way to the cross pt. 2

Jesus is taken to the High Priest ( Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-65, Luke 22:53-65, John 18:12-27)

  • “You have said it. And in the future, you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

  • “Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret. Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said."

  • “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?"

There was no real substance to the reasoning behind arresting Jesus- and everyone knew it. The entire thing was a scheme, a plan, and well-rehearsed. The religious rulers of the time were so blinded by their hate and their envy for Jesus's quickly growing following that they were willing to do anything and everything to have their own way. Jesus handles his trial with a calm, sensible attitude. He makes it very obvious that there is no real reason to accuse him. He points out that the questions being asked are superficial and seek answers that the high priest is already well aware of. Everyone, deep down knew that there was something special about Jesus- even if they refused to admit it.

It is the same today. The world hears about the Bible, God, or Jesus himself and deep down each of us has a wondering. Deep down we kind of feel like it just might be true. We see the pain and the suffering in the world and we believe there might be a rescue mission instore for us somehow. We have doubts, but I believe we also have a natural inclination to have faith.

Jesus's response to our doubts is the same as his response was to the Sanhedrin. In the future, we will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven. The second coming is in our future even if we choose to ignore the tug on our hearts and minds to admit it is there. We can distract ourselves with all the things about the world that we love, but it does not change the facts of our situation.

These revelations that we discover in the words of Jesus are not meant to condemn or ridicule us. Instead, they are meant to reveal to us the realities of our life and our world. Jesus was not stating the obvious to make his attackers feel small or stupid, he was trying to reveal to them what they were trying to hide from their own eyes. As we share Jesus with others, our approach should not be to "reveal" their sins to them, but instead point out the purpose and reason we are on Earth to begin with.

Jesus will continue to reign and work upon the Earth- it is up to us to believe in Him or not.

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