Journey to the Cross part 8
Kangaroo courts are often described as hastily put together trials that often times extremely biased that often times end in a harsh or cruel punishment. Often they are preformed by citizens who have taken the law into their own hands. Take a look at one such instance.
Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers to see the outcome. Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward, and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’ ” The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said* to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see The Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; what do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death!” Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him, and said, “Prophesy to us, You Christ ; who is the one who hit You?”
The High priests have been looking for a way to get rid of this Jesus figure. An insider of Jesus’ own inner group of disciples made this possible by betraying Jesus into the hands of the Chief Priests, of which Caiaphas was the head. It has been said that the full Sanhedrin, the Jewish court of law, was not completely present that night and that this “court case” was held early in the morning.
The words that Jesus spoke, to us do not seem like blasphemy, but to this court who were mainly made of Sadducees, these words of “Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven” went against everything this sect of Judaism believed in. The Sadducees did not believe in an after life, the soul died with the body, so anything that spoke of an after life was indeed blasphemy. I guess that made them a little sad you see, not believing in anything after death. Those words were the very thing needed to send them off on the next step of sending him off to Pilate, since the Romans had taken away the Sanhedrin’s ability to sentence death to an individual.
So Jesus is taken off to see Pilate the Roman governor of the region who after much debate and against Pilate’s will sentenced Jesus to death by way of crucifixion. For more of this story go here,
How often do we find ourselves faced by rumors and accusations that aren’t true or know of someone who is facing these kinds of situations. Either way we can take the position of either Jesus or Peter.
Peter is on the outside looking down on the kangaroo court that is taking place below, while Jesus is on the floor under siege and trial by the religious authorities.
When we are in Peter’s position, we need to support and stand by our friend that is in Jesus’ position. Unfortunately, this was the time where Peter is denying any connection to Christ.
When we are in Jesus’ position we need to know that we have someone that will stand with us not matter if these accusations are true or not.
Whose position are you in?
Is God calling you to stand up for a friend that is going through a rough time?