I love a good courtroom drama. Whether it is To Kill a Mockingbird, The 12 Angry Men, Anatomy of a Murder, or one of my all-time favorites The Caine Mutiny.
But the greatest legal drama is the trial of Jesus. It is just as moving as those mentioned above but with one big difference. The trial of Jesus actually happened. Jesus was accused, He was tried, He was sentenced, and He was executed.
Jesus was in control of His suffering. Jesus suffered because He allowed it to happen.
Jesus knows all things because Jesus is God. John 18:4
There are eight “I am” statements in the gospel of John. See the Resources section for a list.
Jesus was taken to Annas’ house. Annas was no longer the High Priest. But Annas held the power.
Jesus was slapped because He questioned the legality of Annas’ trial. John 18:20-21
Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin could not come up with a charge. Matthew 26:57-60a
Jesus did claim to be the Messiah. Mark 14:60-65
In Luke 22:60-65, why was Jesus in the courtyard? To be beaten.
This trial was a legal trial because it was held in the daytime.
Jesus was abused because Jesus allowed it. Why was He abused? To bring glory to God and for your sin and my sin.
Everyone has a relationship with the crucifixion. We relate to it in one of two ways.
- We disregard the crucifixion as something unimportant to us. We reject this sacrifice. It is not meaningful to us.
- The crucifixion is personal. We accept that Jesus died for our sin. We trust in the finished work of Christ.
Which do you hold? Careful with your answer because your answer determines your eternity. Reject Christ and spend eternity in hell separated from God. Accept Christ and spend eternity in heaven with God.
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The “I am” Statements of Jesus
- John 6:35, 48 I am the bread of life
- John 8:12, 9:5 I am the light of the world
- John 8:58 Before Abraham was, I am
- John 10:9 I am the door
- John 10:11 I am the good shepherd
- John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life
- John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life
- John 15:1 I am the true vine
The Illegal, Unjust Trials of Jesus, Part 1 by John MacArthur
The Illegal, Unjust Trials of Jesus, Part 2 by John MacArthur