Mark 14:53–65 (ESV)
Jesus Before the Council
And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself
at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness
against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’ ” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest
stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his
blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.
The events of today’s reading I find quite humorous, yet at the same time... a seriousness that is taking Jesus to the cross. Jesus is taken before the council, but if you reread the reading, you see that
all the witnesses do not agree with each other. When their testimony did not agree, the high priest asked Jesus “Have you no answer to make? Jesus could have laughed here and said “you hear them, I’m just as confused as you are!”
But Jesus didn’t. He gave them exactly what they wanted. He said “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” When he said “I Am,” Jesus just
connected the dots for them.
I pray: O Lord, there are times that I am afraid to say the truth because of the consequences. At this point, the Apostles had all fallen away too. Help
me to stand firm unto the end. Amen.