The Second Trial (around 4:00 AM)

Matt 26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.  59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;  60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,  61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.  62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?  63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.  64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.  66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.  67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,  68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?  

Before the High Priest, Jesus holds His peace when they bring in witnesses. They could not find anyone who would lie about Him, but they did find a few who shared what they heard Him say about tearing down the temple.  Finally, the high priest had enough of His silence, and He asked Jesus a direct question – are you the Christ, the son of the Living God.  Jesus simply answers that he had so said, and that one day soon they would see Him coming in the clouds of heaven.  At that, the high priest rent his clothes and pronounced Jesus guilty of blaspheme, and deserving of death.  The council members started hitting him and spotting on Him, asking Him if He could identity who was buffeting Him.

Jesus stood silent through most of this time though.  He took the questions of Caiaphas in, and said nothing to defend Himself.  Not until a direct question was asked, and then He answered truthfully, knowing that what He said would cause the high priest to go ballistic.  Sometimes the truth can get you into trouble.   There are times that I will skirt around the truth when I know trouble will come out of it.  That’s just the honest truth!  I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, so I get a little sneaky.  After all. if you’re wife asks if her dress looks nice, you want to make her happy, right?

We all need to strive to tell the truth in every situation.  Jesus did not back down, and neither should we.  In the face of much worse trouble then I will ever get into, he told it exactly like it is.  And we also need to learn when to be silent.  The world needs talking continually.  As Christians, we need to bridle our tongue and take the road of humility.  Humility is quiet unless it has to speak.  It does not interrupt or say mean things.  Humility considers the other person before it says anything.  Let’s make sure we walk in humility and guard our tongues.  Follow Eph 4:29 when speaking.  Let no corrupt communication come out of you, but only that which will edify the hearer.

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