Coming Before Caiaphas and Council

Saturday, April 16, 2022

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False Charges

57-58 The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard. Then he slipped in and mingled with the servants, watching to see how things would turn out.

59-60 The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to cook up charges against Jesus in order to sentence him to death. But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable.

60-61 Finally two men came forward with this: “He said, ‘I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.'”

62 The Chief Priest stood up and said, “What do you have to say to the accusation?”

-Matthew 26:57-62 The Message

Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council

Verse 57: Then, those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.

Verse 57 study: Earlier in the evening hours, Jesus was questioned by two people. The first was Annas, a former high priest, and father-in-law of Caiaphas. Then Jesus was questioned by Caiaphas. Because they didn’t complete the trial and see Jesus before the Sabbath, which was less than 24 hours away, religious leaders met in Caiaphas’ home at night instead of waiting for daylight and meeting in the temple.

 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

-John 12:24 ESV

Verse 58: And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside, he sat with the guards to see the end.

Verse 59: Now, the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death,

Verse 59 study: The Council, aka Sanhedrin, was the Jewish people’s most potent religious & political body. Even though the Romans controlled Israel’s government, they gave power to the people to handle religious disputes and some civil disputes. So Council made many of the local decisions, affecting daily life. But the death sentence had to be approved by the Romans.

Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.”

-John 18:31 ESV

Verse 60: but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward

Verse 61: and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'”

Verses 60-61 study: Council tried to find witnesses who would distort some of Jesus’ teachings. They found two witnesses willing to distort Jesus’ words about the temple. They claimed that Jesus had said he could destroy the temple, a blasphemous boast. What Jesus said was, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up in three days.” Jesus was talking about his body, not the building. In an ironic twist, the religious leaders were about to destroy Jesus’ body just as he had said. Three days later, he would rise from the dead.

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

-John 2:19 ESV

Verse 62: And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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