“Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’” And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” Matthew 26:57-68
Further Scripture Reading: Mark 14:52-65; Luke 22:66-71; John 18:19-24
After Jesus was seized He was brought before the high priest as the crowd hurled accusations and false testimony at Him.
Over and over again Jesus was questioned and pressed to give an answer to the reports being given. And He remained silent. No words. No arguments.
There was no need for Him to explain Himself – He was blameless, sinless, and without fault. No answer was required; His life was the only answer needed for truth of His character.
When we find ourselves being accused, our character and motives questioned, how do we respond?
When others bring false testimony of who we are and what we believe, does our life witness we are a child of God?
Lord, help me to follow Your example when I find my character and motives being tested. Give me the strength to hold my tongue and let my life be the witness of You in my life. Jesus, I trust You to be the answer in these trying times. Amen.