They led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, elders, and scribes assembled.
I. THE CHARACTER OF THE EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM.
1. Not in support of any clear and definite indictment.
2. Encouraged by a desire on the part of the judges to incriminate. "They sought witness." The death of the Prisoner a foregone conclusion.
3. The accusations unreliable and conflicting.
II. HIS REPLY TO HIS ACCUSERS. Silence:
(1) Because of their character, and
(2) his own.
The impressive dignity of this attitude. He would not justify himself before an earthly tribunal.
III. His ANSWER TO THE HIGH PRIEST'S QUESTION. He declared himself the Messiah and the Judge of all the earth. This was done out of respect to the representative character of the high priest, and in order to assure and inform faithful Jews.
IV. HOW THIS WAS CONSTRUED. As blasphemy: either
(1) on the ground of imaginary, or feloniously represented, resemblance of the words, "I am," to Jehovah's Name; or
(2) because the claim was a priori assumed to be false.
V. HE WAS REJECTED AND DISHONORED BY THOSE HE CAME TO SAVE, OUT OF SHEER WANTONNESS AND UNBELIEF. - M.
And they led Jesus away to the High Priest.I. GIVE ATTENTION TO THE TWO HIGH PRIESTS WITH WHOM THE TRIAL OF JESUS BEGAN.
II. THE MIDNIGHT COUNCIL OF TRIERS. For blind men to be fair critics of Turner, for bats to be fair critics of sunshine, for worms to be fair critics of the open air, would be more conceivable than the possibility of men like these being fair judges of Jesus! How could such sinners understand the Holy One of God? Besides their unfairness from natural unfitness, there was unfairness from the fact that they were desperate conspirators, plotting against His life.
III. How He was tried.
(Charles Stanford, D. D.)
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