Our Bible passage today is Luke Chapter 22 verses 66-71, ‘The Sanhedrin’.
As the investigation about Jesus continues after His arrest, He is now in front of the Sanhedrin, the Council made up of both Pharisees and Sadducees.
They ask Him whether He is the Christ/the Messiah (v.67), not the first time that this has been asked of Jesus.
But Jesus again doesn’t give a straight answer (vs.67-68). His teaching and mighty works are enough evidence, but their question lacked integrity, Jesus could see into their hearts, they were just out to trap Him.
But more than that Jesus goes on to say that the Son of Man, his favourite title of Himself, will be seated at the right hand of God, and therefore the One who will judge (v.69). And his hearers know what He is saying because they ask Him now whether He is the Son of God? And so the trial will move on to the next stage.
Our writer, Sinclair Ferguson, also asks us to remember as we read all this, a verse of explanation in Peter’s 1st letter written much later and therefore looking back.’For Christ also suffered once for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.’ (1 Peter Ch.3 v.18).
And so as we reflect today;’The old Easter hymn “Man of Sorrows” has these words, “In my place, condemned He stood; sealed my pardon with His blood.” But does your heart and mine respond (like the hymn) with, “Hallelujah! What a Saviour”?Spend time marvelling at and praising the Lord Jesus now.’
From our extended church address list, we remember in our prayers today former church members who continue to worship with us on Zoom,- Vikkie & Robbie, and baby Nora- Champa- Tina Tibbett