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Who Testified against Jesus at His Trial? (Y1.T2.D56)


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No one, really. While the Mosaic law required witness testimony, "the chief priests and the whole council sought witnesses against Jesus to put him to death, and found none" (Mark 14:55).


That is not to say the Sanhedrin didn't invite "false witnesses" (Matthew 26:59) to speak but the problem was "their testimony didn’t agree with each other" (Mark 14:56).


This is important because it offers the best evidence that Jesus lived a sinless life. If there had been a single true accusation that could have been leveled against the Savior while he lived, those leading the execution would have found it and made it public.


Even Jesus didn't offer testimony in his own defense because he knew his accusers would not believe him or let him go (Luke 22:67–68).


While this injustice is painful to read about—especially when the non-violent prisoner is beaten with fists (Mark 14:65)—value exists in remembering how and why Jesus died. I understand many Christians never saw the movie The Passion of The Christ because it was too graphic for them. But the reality is, Jesus' trial and execution were exceedingly violent. And the extent of Jesus' suffering matches the depth of his love for us.


Most citizens in the western world are sheltered from excessive violence—praise God. All the more reason we should find the strength to testify for him now. He was a lamb led to the slaughter who "didn't open his mouth" (Isaiah 53:7) in his own defense.


So while there were no genuine witnesses against him when he faced the high priests, the world is now filled with witnesses who speak for him today.


I Can Testify of Your Love


24 Annas sent him [Jesus] bound to Caiaphas, the high priest. (John 18:24)


Matthew 26:59–63a, Mark 14:55–61a


6 All we like sheep have gone astray.

Everyone has turned to his own way;

and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.


7 He was oppressed,

yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.

As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

so he didn’t open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:6–7)


63 The men who held Jesus mocked him and beat him. 64 Having blindfolded him, they struck him on the face and asked him, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?” 65 They spoke many other things against him, insulting him.


66 As soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people were gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him away into their council, saying, 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.”


But he said to them, “If I tell you, you won’t believe, 68 and if I ask, you will in no way answer me or let me go. (Luke 22:63–68)

Matthew 26:63b–65, Mark 14:61b–64a, Luke 22:70,69,71

Matthew 26:66–68, Mark 14:64b–65


3 He was despised

and rejected by men,

a man of suffering

and acquainted with disease.

He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;

and we didn’t respect him.


4b yet we considered him plagued,

struck by God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:3,4b)

Matthew 27:1–2, Mark 15:1, Luke 23:1, John 18:28a


28b It was early, and they themselves didn’t enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. (John 18:28b)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


I'm humbled at the suffering You chose to endure for me while I was still a sinner (Romans 5:8). And while it hurts my heart to remember, I seek to share what I know about you among many witnesses. And I commit to remain faithful and teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). You are mightier than I, and I'm unworthy to carry Your sandals (Matthew 3:11), nevertheless not my will but Yours be done (Luke 22:42).


Amen.


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