“On Your Mark”
Having Done all…Stand! (Chapter 14 V 53-65)
These enemies of God must have worked furiously in order to get this body of people together for the trial (v53), they were wasting no time. The fact that night-time trials were illegal is of little consequence where the prosecution of this man Jesus is concerned. Law, truth, justice? They mean nothing to these hypocrites! It was Peter (v54) and John, who in love followed, but in fear kept their distance. Peter gets entry into the courtyard because John, with his contacts, is able to get both himself, and Peter into the courtyard (John 18.16). Just because John had access, does that automatically mean that Peter has to have too? I mean should Peter perhaps have recognized a closed door when he saw one? Just because John can stand in that situation, does not mean Peter can. Just because you see other Christians going places, and doing things, albeit legitimately, does not mean that it is right for you. You must learn to follow the Lord (Mark 1.17).
But do you see how that evil is hell-bent on getting testimony against Jesus (vv55-56). They arrested Jesus without the slightest foundation of a charge, and no witnesses to any crime had come forward to these authorities. This whole thing is grossly illegal. So the prisoner is in the dock, the judges and jury assembled, the sentence has been passed, but they have no indictment, and no witnesses. But they will find the necessary, even if all does not tally as it should (vv57-59). This man must die. Note the distortion of Jesus’ words (vv57-59) regarding the Temple (John 2.19). What Jesus declared was that the Jews themselves, through their own unbelief would destroy the Temple, bringing God’s holy judgment upon them because of their rejection of the Messiah. But even there the collusion does not match (v59). But ask yourself, how does the man Jesus stand the heat of this situation? Put yourself there. He is able, with calmness and composure to stand it, because he is a man filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 3.22). He preached, performed signs and wonders, he accomplished all, as a man, through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. In the same way his disciples would later take on the best theological minds in Israel, and with Jesus’ teaching and the Spirit’s power gainsay them all. Because they were filled with the same Holy Spirit’s power (Luke 12.11-12; Mark 13.11). That is promised to every believer (Acts 2.38; Luke 11.13; Ephesians 5.18).
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1996)