Jesus & The Sanhedrin
by Jason Bowen
“Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death” Matthew 26:57–63
In a lot of ways Jesus can be seen as the victim of what all is taking place during Passover week, yet we also get the sense that He is in control of all that is happening. He has remained totally cool, calm and collected during His stay in Jerusalem, teaching openly in the temple courts, unafraid of those who hate Him. His enemies, however, act like suddenly they may lose their grip on what’s happening. They meet secretly to plot Jesus’ death because they do not want to incite a riot, and they are similarly motivated to arrest Him in the dark. This is completely bogus and shows the cowardice, not our Lord’s guilt, which is the point of Matthew 26:55. If Jesus were guilty, the Sanhedrin would have no problem taking Him prisoner in broad daylight. His innocence and their fear of the people makes it where they have to take him at night!
Our Savior’s trial is the greatest example of dirty justice ever committed. Matthew makes this plain, stating that the council seeks “false testimony”. Whatever they feel about their actions — and they probably believe they are doing God’s will — They only want evidence against Jesus. They could care less about the truth and are probably frustrated in their inability to build a case against Him. Even as this chaos surrounds Him, our Lord remains in control!!
In this time of uncertainty about our future, and the overlying feeling of fear of the pandemic, let us reside in the comfort of knowing that Jesus was anxiety free, even in the midst of knowing all the danger and plotting going on around Him, especially knowing how it would end. Praise God for giving us Jesus!! Let’s pray together for peace, ease of spirit, loss of anxiety and calmness in this trying time of history!!