After Jesus was arrested, he was dragged before Annas. Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was the current serving high priest for the year—a role Annas had previously served in.

Annas questioned Jesus about his teachings and about those who were following him. Jesus replied, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple complex, where all the Jews congregate. I have not spoken anything in secret. Why do you question me? Question those who heard what I told them. They know what I said.”

As he was finishing his reply, one of the temple police stepped forward and slapped Jesus cross the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”

Jesus replied, “If I have spoken wrongly, give evidence about the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you hit me?”

After this, Annas sent Jesus—still bound—to the home of Caiaphas. All the scribes and elders had gathered there as well and were bringing accusations against him. Many false witnesses were presented, but nothing that they said could be used against Jesus. Finally, two witnesses came forward and said, “This man said, ‘I can demolish God’s sanctuary and rebuild it in three days.’ “

On hearing this accusation, Caiaphas stood up and spoke directly to Jesus, “Don’t you have an answer to what these men are testifying against you?” Jesus remained silent.

Again Caiaphas spoke, “By the living God I place you under oath: tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God!”

Everyone was looking at Jesus to see if he would answer. “I am—and all of you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Enraged, Caiaphas tore his robes and turned towards those who had gathered, “Why do we still need witnesses? We have all heard the blasphemy! What is your decision?”

They all answered, “He deserves death!” — then some of them stepped forward and spat on him while others blindfolded him and began to beat him. As they did, they taunted him, “Phrophesy to us Messiah—who hit you?”

The temple police then took Jesus to the Roman governor’s headquarters and the whole assembly went along to see what the governor would say. But when they got there, they would not go in, for fear that they would be defiled for entering a gentile building. So they stood outside whilst Pilate was summoned out.

Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
Comments are moderated to ensure they are relevant to the story and questions above.

If you would like to dig a little deeper into this story, you will find some further thoughts and questions here.

Easter Story
Return Of The King | Last Supper | Garden | Accusations | Denial | Sentenced | Crucifixion | Burial | Empty Tomb | Appearance

One Response to “Accusations

    1 year ago

    Thank you, Matt for your time and commitment.

    You are an encourager, especially in these times.

    It’s great to stay focussed on the greatest story of them all and not getting swept up in the many currents of narratives that can only see things from a human perspective.

    Bless you and your beautiful family.

    Paul and Tania.

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