Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "he has spoken blasphemy”
Matthew 26: 65
Reading: Matthew 26, 27; John 12: 37 - 50
After his arrest, Jesus first had to endure a merciless examination by the Jews – our readings for today focus on this pseudo-trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin.
During this gruelling session, Jesus openly revealed his identity to them.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Their ignorance was informed. They now had no excuse. Nevertheless, they continued to mistreat him and, if anything, increased their rage and hostility. Once knowledge replaced ignorance, they hardened their hearts and refused to believe.
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered.
Unbelief is one of your soul’s deadliest enemies too; just one drop can poison your whole Christian walk, so deal ruthlessly with it whenever it rears its head. How? Slay it with the sword of truth – ‘Thy word is truth’.
Satan’s attacks against you are aimed at one thing and one thing only – getting you to lose faith in the goodness of God.
Lord, please strengthen my faith as I daily read Your word.
For the family
Continue this 15-day devotional study about Easter that is suitable for children.