Judgement

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Jesus was dragged in front of the Sanhedrin – the local Magistrates’ Court.  It was their job to work out whether he had a case to answer.  If he said that he was the Messiah, God’s promised messenger, he would be guilty of blasphemy.  The trouble is, he wouldn’t give them a straight answer.  He refused to say that he was the Messiah, but he also refused to deny it. They were confused. It was like Jesus was saying “What do you think? Who do you think I am?”

Sometimes we have to make huge choices that will affect our lives, even though we don’t feel we have enough information.  These people were effectively deciding whether the man in front of them would live or die.

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Luke 22: 66-71

When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us,” but he replied to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth.”

Luke 22: 66-71

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer.But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”

Luke 22: 66-71

When it was morning, the religious leaders of the people and the high priests and scholars all got together and brought him before their High Council. They said, “Are you the Messiah?”

He answered, “If I said yes, you wouldn’t believe me. If I asked what you meant by your question, you wouldn’t answer me. So here’s what I have to say: From here on the Son of Man takes his place at God’s right hand, the place of power.”

They all said, “So you admit your claim to be the Son of God?”

“You’re the ones who keep saying it,” he said. But they had made up their minds, “Why do we need any more evidence? We’ve all heard him as good as say it himself.”

Luke 22: 66-71

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” And they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”

Application

We many never make life or death decisions about others, but we often make judgements that have far-reaching consequences. Jesus was sinless yet condemned, but we have all given in to temptation and sinned. This station reflects on the purity of Jesus contrasted against our own sin and rebellion against God. With repentance we ask Jesus for his forgiveness.

Questions

Try to think of a time when you had to make a decision, even though you weren’t sure which way to go?  How did it feel?  Who or what influenced your decision?

Think of an occasion when you were judged. What was it like?

Who do you think Jesus was?  Just a trouble-maker? A figure from history? Or the Son of God?

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