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Mark 14:53-72 – Jewish Trial: Meditative Musing for Dec 19


Jesus was not convicted by evidence from credible witnesses. Though many testified against Him, their testimony did not agree.

Even when they finally got two witnesses to agree on what Jesus said about destroying and rebuilding the temple, they altered what He said. (See John 2:19 for what He actually said.)

It was not until they compelled Him to testify as to who He is that they convicted Him of blasphemy.

They violated Jewish law at every turn.

  • His trial was at night and was not properly convened.
  • He had no defense attorney.
  • The witnesses against Him did not agree.
  • He was convicted on His own testimony, when Jewish law did not permit Him to testify against Himself.
  • The trial was begun and ended at the same sitting.
  • The charge taken to Pilate was not the charge of which the Jewish court convicted Him.
  • Unlike our courts, a verdict could not be unanimous. His was.
  • He was abused: spat on, blindfolded and taunted – then beaten by the guards.

These and other illegal actions in His trial are documented in the book, The Illegal Trial of Jesus by Earle Wingo.

The Judge of all the earth was convicted in a “kangaroo court;” the man without sin convicted by sinners as being worthy of death.

Outside, Peter (who had followed Him from a distance) warmed himself at the fire in the courtyard and denied Him three times. Then the crowing rooster reminded him of what Jesus said.

Where would I have been that night?

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