DEVOTION – DAY 15
As the sun rose at the start of a new day, the religious leaders called the Sanhedrin to yet another meeting. The Sanhedrin wanted to keep the rule to make the final decision about a trial in daylight. However, they did not keep the rule that said a person on trial needed to be fairly treated—not hurt. Caiaphas let the religious leaders spit in Jesus’ face (Mark 14:65). Others hit Jesus and slapped him (Matthew 26:67). The guards beat Jesus up and said bad things about Him (Luke 22:63).
Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin did not want to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. The religious leaders believed God was going to send the Messiah (Isaiah 9:6-7), but they wanted a Messiah that said they were doing a good job. Jesus never said anything good about them. The people would stop listening to them if Jesus’ teaching was always different than their teaching. They wanted a Messiah that would make them stronger than the Roman government, ruling their country. Jesus did not act like the Messiah the religious leaders wanted.
Under Jewish law, the Sanhedrin had the right to call for the death penalty for blasphemy. But since the Roman government was the ruling authority in Jerusalem the Sanhedrin did not have the right to put anyone to death. If Jesus was to die, the religious leaders would have to convince the Roman leaders that He was a criminal. The next three trials of Jesus would be with the Roman leaders.
Jesus had done nothing wrong.
- Did the Sanhedrin keep the rules for a fair trial?
- What did the Sanhedrin want the Messiah to do for them?
- Of what did the Sanhedrin have to convince the Roman leaders?