Third Sunday in Lent, March 19
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?”
It seems the high priest recognized that the accusers had no case against Jesus and was not sure how to proceed, BLASPHEMY???
Jesus’ claim that “he will be seated at the right hand of God” is to the unbelieving priest and angry crowd a clear case of blasphemy. Now they can bring forth their verdict, “He deserves death,” the crowd shouts for him to respond. In maintaining his silence, Jesus fulfills the prophecy in Isaiah 53: 7, “Open not his month, like a lamb is led to the slaughter.” Jesus’ willingness to die for our sins is an amazing concept. I need to ponder this: Jesus died for ours sins, died so that we may live, went into the darkness so we could see the light. BLASPHEMY??? sacrilege? He is the Son of God and God’s will is done.
My prayer for this day…Dear Lord, thank you for your gift of sacrifice and love. Help me to stay focus in this Lenten season on these wondrous gifts. Amen.