Last week we looked at Pilate questioning Jesus in What Is Truth? Today we look at Jesus willingly undergoing humiliation that happened through two events, his mock trial and the people choosing Barabbas.
After his arrest, Jesus was taken to the High Priest. The irony of Jesus being God in the flesh standing before the High Priest who was supposed to lead the people to worshipping God, you know as in Father, Son, Holy Spirt, does not escape me.
Annas was the father of Caiaphas who took over as High Priest from Annas. When Jesus was asked about his teaching and his disciples, his answer was basically that he had nothing to hide..
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.”
The response? Jesus was slapped in the face. A side note- imagine being the person who slapped Jesus in the face only to appear before Jesus on his throne. False religion demands respect from us without earning it.
When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.
Jesus did not back down even though he knew what was going to happen.
“If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?”
Later on after Pilate questioned Jesus, Pilate tried to find a way out of the whole thing by offering the people a chance of who to free, Jesus or Barabbas a rebel.
“I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
The choice of the crowd that was there?
They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
Isaiah prophesied about this over 700 years before Jesus came in Isaiah 53.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Jesus willingly allowed himself to be humiliated and rejected publicly because he knew it was part of his mission which was to suffer and die for us. He did so because he loves us that much.
The question is who do we choose? Who do you choose? Jesus? or something else?
Thank you for reading. God Bless.