7737 - You Are Right

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The first legal and formal examination of Jesus by the Sanhedrin occurred at daybreak, the morning of his crucifixion.

Listen to Luke 22:66-71:

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. "If you are the Christ, " they said, "tell us."

Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."

They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am."

Then they said, "Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."

There were a couple of considerations, which hastened the actions of the Jewish leaders.

First they did not want the news of this arrest, condemnation and sentencing of Jesus to reach all the people on the streets of Jerusalem who were there for the Passover, because these leaders knew he was highly respected and accepted by the people. If they could keep this ‘quiet’ for a period of time they might forestall a riot.

A second consideration was the importance of the Passover, soon to begin. They did not want this crucifixion to interfere in any way with their planned schedule of events, which they were anticipating.

Thus, these leaders were rushing to bring this to an early completion.

Did you notice, this council meeting was at daybreak? It had to take place during the day, and scholars tell us 6:00 a.m. was the beginning of day; so they were pushing hard.

Already they had conducted an illegal meeting within the high priest’s home. They had concluded in that meeting that Jesus deserved death.

Now that they had legally assembled, they could make it official. When they were prepared Jesus was led before them.

No extended examination of Jesus was needed at this trial. No witnesses were necessary.

Both Matthew and Mark unfold for us a much longer examination of Jesus by virtually the same group of people during their night meeting. At that meeting the council leadership sought people who would give perjured testimony. They were not looking for truth, but for witnesses who would testify that Jesus had committed a crime. After they could find no two who agreed the high priest straightforwardly asked Jesus: “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

Jesus responded truthfully: “I am.”

The Jews considered this blasphemy, and they soon condemned him as worthy of death. But this exchange had taken place in an illegal meeting, at night.

When they entered this daybreak meeting they were prepared for the final important question. No investigative examination of witnesses need take place.

Right away the question was repeated to Jesus. “If you are the Christ”, they said, “tell us.”

Jesus answered, If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you the same question you would not give me an answer.

Jesus knew that they were looking only for his affirmative answer so they could condemn him to death for blaspheme.

Jesus chose to give these religious leaders a glimpse into the real tomorrow. “From now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

This was not straightforward enough for them, so they all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”

Although the words “the Son of God” had come from these religious leader’s lips, their hearts did not believe in the truth of their own words or in the words of Jesus.

Rather, they rejoiced that now they had the proof they were looking for. Then they said, we don’t need further testimony. We have heard it from his own lips.

Now that the Sanhedrin was on record as condemning Jesus to death, they hastened to get the Roman authorities to carry out the sentence because the council did not have that power.

We will look at those events in our next study.