Thursday, September 16, 2021
19-21 Annas interrogated Jesus regarding his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered, “I’ve spoken openly in public. I’ve taught regularly in meeting places and the Temple, where the Jews all come together. Everything has been out in the open. I’ve said nothing in secret. So why are you treating me like a traitor? Question those who have been listening to me. They know well what I have said. My teachings have all been aboveboard.”
22 When he said this, one of the policemen standing there slapped Jesus across the face, saying, “How dare you speak to the Chief Priest like that!”
23 Jesus replied, “If I’ve said something wrong, prove it. But if I’ve spoken the plain truth, why this slapping around?”
24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, to the Chief Priest Caiaphas.
-John 18:19-24 The Message
Verse 19: The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching.
Verse 20: Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the Temple, where all Jews come together; and I said nothing in secret.
Verse 21: Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.”
Verse 22: When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?”
Verse 23: Jesus answered him, “If I haven spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?”
Verse 24: So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.
Verse 19 study: Jesus had a pre-trial hearing during the night. He had it with Annas before being taken to Caiaphas and the entire Council (Mark 14:53-65). But, as we learned in previous chapters, the religious leaders knew they didn’t have anything to charge him with, so they used false witness as evidence (Mark 14:55-59).
Father, many see false witnesses gain political advantages or try to cover up something they don’t want to be discovered. But you are the only one that knows of all of our faults and goodness. So I pray we will be honest with you, although many people are not open with you or us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!