Matt 26:64-68 Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say
to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand
of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." 65 Then the high
priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further
need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66
“What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death."
67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with
the palms of their hands, 68 saying, "Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the
one who struck You?"
Jesus’ sacrifice was not just on a splintered cross. For thirty-three
years God walked this earth leaving the wonders and glory of His
heavenly kingdom, so that we could have a way to have a bridge between
sinful man and a holy God. This was only going to come through a blood
sacrifice, as like days of old a spotless lamb must be slaughter for the
sins of all. This blood sacrifice however, was not to be a yearly
ceremony. This was to be a sacrifice that would last to the end of days.
Jesus died for the sins of the world for all-time.
After Jesus initiated the Lord’s Supper and then prayed in the garden,
He was taken to the Sanhedrin to be questioned. All throughout the book
of Mathew this group of religious leaders were plotting to kill Him.
They Just needed the perfect time to do it. Jesus, while at this “trial”
Jesus was accused of blasphemy. He was accused, so that we would not be.
He stood trial for the world and was mocked and beaten. They answered
and said, "He is deserving of death." Then they spat in His face and
beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands. This is
exactly the picture that John saw when he said, “The next day John saw
Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes
away the sin of the world!” We see the injustice in this scene. We have
the tears when we read that they spat on Jesus and beat Him. We read
that, but interwoven through these words is a plead for us to act on
behalf of others. We as Christ-followers are not to set by while
injustices and atrocities are happening. Jesus died for the sinner, the
prisoner, the abused mother, the unborn baby, and the oppressed people.
We are called to defend and preserve God given, inalienable rights. We
are to stand for those who cant stand on their own. “Speak up for those
who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are
perishing” Proverbs 31:8
Old Testament: Lev. 14 New Testament Matt 26:55-75