Station – 3, Jesus condemned by the Sanhedrin

Station 3
Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin.*

 The trial was illegal. Who ever heard of trail by night? Matthew 26:59 says they were looking for false witnesses. Confusion reigned. No collaborating witness could be found. Jesus’ silence answered their accusations. 

The drama unfolded according to the Father’s plan. 

Throwing his trump card, ed the high priest said, prostate “I charge you under oath by the living God. Are you the Christ?”

“I am.” Jesus replied.

“Blasphemy! You have all heard. What do you think?”

The Sanhedrin judged him worthy of death. 

The truth will set you free. Jesus’ own words testified to the power of the truth. According to John, Jesus was full of grace and truth. “I am.” This night the truth condemned him as worthy of death. We trust our judicial systems to uphold truth. The high court of the Holy Nation condemned The Christ on the basis of truth. 

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis’ deeper magic illustrates things are not always as they seem. The court room scene at the house of Caiaphas was not court of final appeal. On that day the truth condemned the Christ. death. But according to the deeper magic, death could not hold him; he is lifted up, all things put under his feet. Jesus, the Christ REIGNS.

* (Scriptural Way of the Cross, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scriptural_Way_of_the_Cross )

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