Luke 22:63-71


“The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. They blindfolded him and demanded, ‘Prophesy! Who hit you?’ And they said many other insulting things to him. At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. ‘If you are the Messiah,’ they said, ‘tell us.’ Jesus answered, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.’ They all asked, ‘Are you then the Son of God?’ He replied, ‘You say that I am.’ Then they said, ‘Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.’” Luke 22:63-71

Blindfolded, mocked, beaten, blasphemed, Jesus took it all. He suffered unbelievable torture at the hands of the men who were holding Him. When day broke He was taken to the assembly of the elders, both chief priests and scribes. They should have recognized Him. They should have known He was the Messiah. They were the ones who studied and memorized the Scriptures. But although they could quote them, they didn’t understand God’s Word. Perhaps they didn’t want to.

“If you are the Messiah, tell us.”

Jesus knew that talking to them about who He was would be futile. He told them so. But He also said that from then on, the Son of Man would be at the right hand of God.

Again, they questioned. “Are you then the Son of God?”

“You say that I am.” Jesus replied.

Infuriated, they knew there was no further need for questioning. Crucifixion would be the next step. Death, unquestionably done by the expert executioners, the Romans, was the answer.

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