In today’s reading, Jesus is taken by force and led to the assembly of the high priest, scribes and elders. These leaders determined to find Jesus guilty, looked for false witnesses to testify against Him in order to sentence him to death. Two false witnesses came forward stating Jesus’s threat of the destruction of the temple and a rebuilding after three (3) days. The high priest further questioned him if he was truly the son of God; Jesus replied ‘you shall see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven’ this response infuriated the elders causing a shout of blasphemy and the renting of clothes of the high priest. With this statement from Jesus, the elders considered him worthy of death.
Peter who stuck around was accused by three different people of being a close associate of Jesus but he denied ever knowing Jesus; after the third denial, the cock crew and he went away weeping and sad.
There might be times in our lives when we would feel we are being set up for a crime we are completely innocent of. People closest to us will sometimes let us down but we need to take a cue from Jesus’ attitude in the face of false accusations. He stood His ground and declared his identity to all present. Challenges will arise to shake our faith demanding we deny Jesus but we need to be strong in the Lord and hold on to our faith in Christ Jesus. Peter’s example taught us that though we will be sad when we fall and fail but we need to get up, repent and go back to God again.
In the days of adversity, my faith will not fail me in Jesus name.
Reading – Matthew 26:57-75
Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”[a]
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.
67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”
Peter Disowns Jesus
69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
- Matthew 26:64 See Psalm 110:1; Daniel 7:13.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.