easter reflection: Accusations

If you haven’t already, read the story Accusations

One of the most perplexing aspects of the story of Jesus’ trial, is the way he chooses when to speak and when to stay silent. When he was brought before Annas, Jesus makes an unusual statement:

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?”

Why do you think Jesus said, “Why do you question me? Question those who heard what I told them. They know what I said.”?

Who might Jesus be referring too? What was it that they had heard Jesus say? And if those people were to be questioned-what would they say?

Spend a moment thinking about all the times you can recall, from the Gospel story, when Jesus interacted with his fellow Israelite’s. When he was speaking in the synagogues, teaching in the streets, all the one on one interactions. Write a few down in your journal.

If all those people were to step forward and testify at Jesus’ trial, what might that testimony reveal about who Jesus is?

Now imagine, if you can, what you might say if you were asked to give testimony about who Jesus is; about what he has done that you have seen.

What would you say?

Record your reflections, observations and questions in your personal journal and feel free to share what you are learning in the comments below.

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