The Beginning of Jesus’ Trail (Luke 22:54-71)

63 The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. 64 They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 65 And they said many other insulting things to him.

66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 “If you are the Christ,” 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 then the Son of God?”

He replied, “You are right in saying I am.”

71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”  (Luke 22:63-61)

Learn it:

            Jesus has been arrested and was taken to the house of a high priest.  At the house, Jesus is treated unfairly.  The Jews do have rules and laws about how a trial is supposed to proceed.  They do not follow a lot of these rules in the case of Jesus and what his claims are.  They are also beating Jesus before his case is even heard!  Jesus exposes their biases and how it does not matter what he says they have already decided in their hearts. 

            Jesus again quotes Psalm 110:1, he did this back in 20:41-44, that he is the Son of God.  He hints that someday the Jewish leaders will learn what his identity is, and he will be seated at the right hand of God.  After that statement, the ask directly, “Are you the Son of God?”  Jesus basically answers, “Yes, I am the Son of God.”  This is finely the clear evidence the leaders needed to take their case to the Roman courts to get rid of Jesus. 

Live it:

            Luke is so concerned with his readers deciding as to who Jesus is.  We finally get a line of questioning where Jesus must state clearly who he is.  He is the Son of God.  When faced with people abusing him physically, psychologically, and breaking laws.  Jesus was still willing to speak the truth of who he is.  Here the Holy Spirit is giving him the strength to endure this unfair trial and gives him the words to speak. 

            We should be amazed at what Jesus has done for us and this is just the beginning!  It is about to get much, much worse.  Jesus knew what was about to come and he lovingly walked in obedience.  This is our Savior and we should be worshipping him all of our lives for what he has done for us.  Take time today to praise God.  Maybe that’s through prayer, music, or taking time to sit in silence and meditate on his actions.  Do something to bring glory to God. 

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