God Guilty Of Being God!

GOD GUILTY OF BEING GOD!

A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 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. 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. (Mark 14: 51-55).

What a formidable bunch – high priest, chief priests, elders and teachers of the law – the whole shooting match! The most powerful civil and religious authority in the land. They knew they had Rome behind them because they were hand in glove with the Roman authorities, if they could just convince Pilate of His guilt. And Jesus. One man against a ruthless mob but, as we read on we will soon find out who was actually in charge.

The writer of this gospel put his signature to his work in two short sentences. Who was the young man who was sneaking around in the dark, watching and following the crowd to see what was happening. Why was he out in his underwear in the pre-dawn chill? Whoever he was, when he wrote the story he must have been speaking about himself. Who else would have been aware of an insignificant detail like this and included it in his gospel as if to say, ‘I was there’?

Once again Peter was out front. He was brazen enough to shed his fear and follow Jesus to see where they were taking Him. Of course, their first port of call would be the high priest’s residence – and he was waiting for them. The rest of the religious hierarchy quickly assembled.

Jesus and the might of Israel – face to face at last, and they thought they had Him. They had subdued their enemy, and now they had to find a charge that would stick, and one that would put Him away for good. What sort of a justice system was that? Arrest a man because they wanted Him out of the way, and then cook up a plausible accusation to make Him look guilty. How many governments, even the most corrupt in the world, apply justice like that?

They had a difficult situation to contend with – first a charge, then the evidence to convict a man who had dared to challenge His accusers, “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” Not a single person came forward with an accusation, not even His avowed enemies. O, they had lots to say about Him but they could make none of it stick.

Many testified falsely against Him, but their statements did not agree. Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against Him, ‘We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’ Yet even their testimony did not agree. Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are brining against you?’ But Jesus remained silent and gave not answer. (Mark 14: 56-61)

Is that really what Jesus had said? A few words changed the whole picture. He said, to quote Him accurately, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.’ (John 2:19) John added, ‘But the temple He had spoken of was His body.’ In a play on words, Jesus was speaking prophetically of what they would do to Him – destroy His body – and His resurrection. Of course they would not understand. But how could a statement like that make Him worthy of death?

To them it did not matter whether the accusations agreed and whether they were false or not. They had their “proof” of His guilt and they could go ahead and sentence Him. In their eagerness to get rid of Him, they overlooked an important detail of their justice system. Anyone who bore a false witness against the accused was subject to the same sentence as the accused. These false witnesses should have been crucified along with Jesus!

What a mess – created by the very ones who were entrusted with the sacred task of exercising justice in the name of their God. God condemned to death for being God, at the hands of men!

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Luella Campbell


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