Have you ever been in one of those situations where two people are saying the same exact thing, just using different terminology (or accents) to get there? Take the word “potato.” Depending on where you’re from or how you grew up it will sound different. Same word, different pronunciation.

Take a look at this.

 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?”

Matthew 26:57-67

Let me set up the situation that sets above. Jesus has been brought before the Sanhedrin, the top Jewish leaders in a trial like format. The catch is that this is taking place late at night or very early morning. Jewish law forbids that the Sanhedrin meet at night. There are many false witnesses, also illegal, and as a result many contradictions. It is not until the comment is made about an earlier comment about Jesus tearing down the Temple and rebuilding it in three days mixed with frustration that Jesus is not saying anything that problems begin to arise

Note that when Jesus made these comments he was talking about Himself  and the events that would unfold later and celebrated in about a week in the Christian faith, not the actual Temple which took decades to build and complete.

It is only after the Priest uses the name of the living God does Christ finally speak and then he does not deny what the other have said against him. Rather we get into what we today would see nothing wrong with. A statement that Yes I am the Son of God and from today on you will see me sitting at the right hand of God and coming on the clouds of Heaven. Potayto Potahto Right?

Wrong.

Brief History Lesson.

At this time the Sanhedrin is split into two groups of thinking Sadducee and Pharisees. You would think that the Pharisees would want to be fair you see, and give a proper trial in daylight and by the rules. However they are not the ones running the show. The word that Jesus spoke went directly against the thought of the Sadducee. They believed that there was no life after death making them very sad indeed. This is where the “blasphemy” charges come from. Which boils down to a charge of “We don’t like you for bruising our egos” charge which makes for a little more humorous interaction with Pilate later. (all puns intended, try reading this paragraph out loud if you missed them)

In this case there are two very different ways of living are colliding in what could be a massive debate, bringing in numerous scriptures and ways to interpret them. However Jesus remains silent after this statement. Allows the slaps, punches, spitting, mocking and everything else that comes his way. He knew this was coming and carries out his father’s will. Two ways God’s way and what the Laws had become after hundreds of years of human translation.

Potayeto is not always Potahto

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