The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke
A Guide to Meditation and Prayer
Week 5 - Day 5
Cruelty and Injustice
Jesus Is Mocked and Tried
Meditation on Scripture- Read Luke 22:63-71 and write your reflections in the workbook. Use the summary below for further reflection on the passage. Prayer- Use the Guide for Prayer.
This section continues the suffering of Jesus as he is moving through the Jewish part of his trial. There were many things that were illegal about this entire proceeding according to Jewish law. The religious leaders were willing to skirt and break the law for their greater purpose, which was the destruction of Jesus. One of the illegalities was to allow Jesus to be mocked and beaten, and abused before he had been officially convicted. We notice the brazen gall of those willing to do so. The priests needed the council of the elders for an official sentencing. They were called out very early in the morning. The crime they convicted Jesus of was blasphemy. We will see that it will be a different charge that they will bring to Pilate.
Jesus acknowledged his rightful place and status to the gathered council. He knew that he would soon be seated at the right hand of the power of God. Jesus was speaking about his upcoming glorification back with the Father. This was not an idea the Jews could embrace. If Jesus were merely a man, many of his words would have been blasphemous. What makes them not is that he was and is the eternal Son of God. The religious leaders and their party did not have hearts open enough to God to understand who Jesus was.
Things to consider –
· The suffering of Jesus extends to mockery in this part of his trial. Are you ever surprised at people who are willing to mock Christ?
· Jesus does not seek to defend himself against either their blows or their verbal abuse. This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah about him – “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)
· The place at the right had of the Father is the place of greatest honor. This is where Christ resides now in the glory of the Father.
· Jesus’ comment, “You say that I am,” is not an indirect denial of his Sonship but an affirmation of it by Jesus.
· Psalm 2 says, “Why do the heathen rage and the peoples plot in vain?” Why do you think people plot against the things of God?
Guide for prayer –
· Take one minute to calm your mind and gather your spirit.
· Praise God for his goodness and grace that he would allow his only Son to go through such mockery.
· Thank God for the grace and calm with which Jesus faced those moments.
· Think of one difficult moment you have experienced. Thank God for being with you in it.
· Pray for some group that mocks Christ. Pray for their conversion and a change of heart.
· Pray that those who are in our judicial system to distribute justice and esteem fairness.
· Pray for one person who need God’s help or guidance or comfort. Pray for one need in your own life.
· Take some moments to offer your own prayers to God. Offer whatever prayers and praises seem appropriate.