Who made you the judge?

Mark 14:54-65

They took Jesus to the high priest’s home where the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law had gathered. Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire.

 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn’t find any. Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other.  Finally, some men stood up and gave this false testimony: “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.’” But even then they didn’t get their stories straight!

Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

 Jesus said, “I AM. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand  and coming on the clouds of heaven.  ”

 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?”

“Guilty!” they all cried. “He deserves to die!”

Then some of them began to spit at him, and they blindfolded him and beat him with their fists. “Prophesy to us,” they jeered. And the guards slapped him as they took him away.

 How is it that Jesus’ statement that He is the Messiah is judged blasphemous?  How did they expect to know who the Messiah is?  What gave them the ability to be the only ones able to determine who the Messiah would be?  Jesus did not answer the accusations…he did answer the direct question.  For that answer He was judged blasphemous and guilty of death?  Who gave them the authority to judge if God was God?  They took it upon themselves…

Mankind continually steps into that place of judging another as if they have that right.  Where is the source of authority?  Who grants it?  What makes us think we have that right?  Are there any among us that are pure, holy, righteous; not guilty of any wrong?  Jesus went about doing good…he spoke against injustice and for that he drew the attention of those who wanted him silenced.

 Power is a deceiver and addictive.  Real or not, even when perceived, it  allows for actions that many times are destructive.  In contrast, the power granted and used by the Holy One produces good.  Let’s tap into that power through the recognition of who He is, what He does, who he says we are.  Let’s pray and produce good; defeat evil.  2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves  and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

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