Friday, July 15, 2011

The Trial Before The Sanhedrin

Matthew 26:57-61

"And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled" (Matthew 26:57).

The Lord Jesus Christ was taken to Annas first (John 18:13)

Annas attempted an arraignment but couldn’t accomplish a thing.

So the Lord Jesus Christ was sent to Caiaphas without an indictment.

In the dark of the night, the Lord Jesus Christ was transported from the house of Annas to the house of Caiaphas, which was located near the temple.

The scribes and elders had been gathering together at Caiaphas’s place while the Lord Jesus Christ was at the house of Annas.


"But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end" (Matthew 26:28).

Peter wasn’t brave enough to step out for the Lord Jesus Christ.

But he was concerned to stand in the background.

While in the courtyard he could see what happened as the Lord Jesus Christ was confronted by Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin.


"Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none (Matthew 26:59-60).

Since the Lord Jesus Christ’s session with Annas failed to exact a charge, the Sanhedrin had no case to judge.

So they had to act as prosecutors first and invent a crime before they could try it.

The council wanted to put the Lord Jesus Christ to death.

They sought the testimony of false witnesses.

But no one could give a plausible testimony.

They couldn’t even find any two to agree.


But at last two false witnesses came forward and said, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.'" (Matthew 26:60-61)

All they could come up with was "this fellow said."

That’s nothing but a generalization.

The false witnesses twisted what Jesus actually said and what He meant.


The Lord Jesus Christ was perfect and absolutely sinless.

If He had ever done anything wrong, they would have found it.

But there was no crime.


What a blessed Savior we have!

He is perfect, and found to be so at the tribunal of evil men.

Who actually was on trial that day were those who accused the Lord Jesus Christ.

They revealed themselves to be wretched, wicked, sinful, and unjust men.

The Lord Jesus Christ, by His very presence, identifies those who side with Satan.

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