Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in. Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?”
He said, “I am not.”
Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.
Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.”
And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?”
Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?”
Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Jesus is bound. Can one bind and contain God? Even though bound, those around him react in ways driven by fear. Fear of what? They had the false sense of being in control and that Christ was at their mercy. The reality was He was there by choice. His very presence revealed the evil in the place. Actions of violence, denial of truth, using the cover of night and secrecy, a trial when most are asleep by the few determined to get rid of the thorn in their midst.
Jesus highlights the difference between his methods and theirs. He spoke openly, in public places whereas they are conducting their business at night in private quarters. Jesus halted the use of violence by his followers in the open against armed men; whereas we see the beginning of violent behavior against a bound man in the slapping of his face.
There is a quiet confidence in the demeanor of Christ, he knows who he is and what he must do. There is no such confidence in the demeanor of his accusers, for they do not know who he is, they do not know what he will do. When we possess the same spirit of confidence, based upon our faith in Him, we too can face opposition without fear, without irrational behavior, without violence. Can we contain God? Can the Spirit of God be bound? “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You.”
Capture the wind
Rippling through the trees
Tearing all in its course
Can we contain the wind?
Can we bind the change?
Can we hold it within?
Can we determine its range?
The Spirit of God
Ebbs and flows
At its own will
Reveals and shows
We do not contain
We do not refrain
We cannot detain
The will of God