"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 53

Judging The Judge

Read: Mark 14:53-65; 15:1-20

Text: (Mark 14:61-62 KJV) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?) And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Theme: The Sanhedrin condemned Jesus to death because He claimed to be God.


Introduction:

QUESTION - What were the 3 parts of the Jewish trial? (draw their attention to John 18:13-24)

      1. Opened by Annas, former high priest (John 18:13-24)
      2. Moved to the full council to hear witnesses. (Mark 14:53-65)
      3. Early morning session for the final vote of condemnation, and to make it appear legal. (Mark 15:1)

QUESTION - What were the 3 parts of the Roman (Gentile) trial? Draw their attention to Luke 23:6-12)

      1. Before Pilate (Mark 15:1-5; John 18:28-38)
      2. Before Herod (Luke 23:6-12)
      3. Back before Pilate (Mark 15:6-15; John 18:39-19:6)

QUESTION - What did the Jewish and Roman trials have in common? What was different?

QUESTION - What do you see in this account of Jesus' trials that substantiates the above statement?

QUESTION - In the account of the Roman trials (vs. 15:1-20), what additional injustices were carried out?

QUESTION - As a judge, what do you think of Pilate? Why?

QUESTION - Do we learn anything from Pilate that we can apply to our own lives?

SONG:

Why did they nail Him to Calvary's tree?
Why, tell me why was he there?
Jesus, the helper, the healer, the friend,
Why, tell me why was He there?

(Mark 15:37 KJV) And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

(John 10:17-18 KJV) Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

(John 19:10 KJV) Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.


I. The Crime

QUESTION - What crime did they accuse Jesus of?

QUESTION - What crime did Jesus commit?

A. He had not committed a crime.

ILLUS. An old legend states that the Sanhedrin could get plenty of the kind of evidence they did not want, for man after man came forward saying, "I was a leper, and He cleansed me. I was blind, and He made me able to see. I was deaf and He made me able to hear. I was lame, and He made me able to walk. I was paralyzed and He gave me back my strength."

1. Jesus was sinless.

QUESTION - Can you think of scripture to support this concept?

(Isa 53:9 KJV) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

(2 Cor 5:21 KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

(Heb 4:15 KJV) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

(1 Pet 1:18-19 KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

(1 Pet 2:22 KJV) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

2. Even His enemies could not find one crime!

(John 8:46 KJV) Which of you convinceth me of sin?

QUESTION - Would you ever issue this challenge? Why / why not?

3. Unlike you and I, who sin daily.

(Rom 3:23 KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

B. His "crime" was His identity.

(Mark 14:61-62 KJV) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

QUESTION - What did Caiaphas mean by the term "Son of the Blessed?"

QUESTION - Why not simply ask, "Are you God?"

1. He was asked if He was God.

NOTE - "the Blessed" was a way of referring to God without using the name of God. The Jews feared misuing God's name. (Exo 20:7 KJV) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

2. He IS God.

QUESTION - What evidence of Christ's deity is present in scripture?

(Mat 3:17 KJV) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

(Mat 3:16 KJV) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

(John 1:29 KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

(John 10:37-38 KJV) If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Compare TEXT (Mark 14:61-62) with God's words to Moses from the bush: (Exo 3:14 KJV) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

(John 10:30 KJV) I and my Father are one.

(John 12:45 KJV) And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

(John 14:8 KJV) Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

(John 1:1 KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

(Rom 1:4 KJV) And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

II. The Condemnation

A. They condemned the Son of God to be guilty of death.

QUESTION - Did the punishment fit the crime? Why / why not?

1. They condemned Him to die.

(Mark 14:64 KJV) Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

QUESTION - In verse 65, they heaped various forms of abuse on Chirst. What is the significance of the various acts?

2. They spit on Him.

(Mark 14:65 KJV) And some began to spit on him…

(Signified complete reproach - the worst of insults in that culture)

3. They blindfolded Him and asked Him to prophesy who was hitting him.

(Mark 14:65 KJV) And some began to … cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy…

(Based on Isa 11:2-4 - They believed the Messiah would be able to render judgement without the aid of sight, and therefore they were mocking His claim to be the Messiah.)

4. They punched him.

(Mark 14:65 KJV) … and to buffet him…

"Buffet" = KOLAPHIDZO - "To strike with the fist, derived from the word meaning knuckles."

5. They slapped Him.

(Mark 14:65 KJV) …and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

6. Later, they would crucify Him.

QUESTION - Notice again the definition of the Sanhedrin (reread from the Introduction of this lesson). What do their actions here tell us about he reality of their religion? What kind of people were they? Does this teach us anything that we can apply to our lives today?

B. All of us are the ones truly guilty of death.

(John 3:18 KJV) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

(Isa 53:4-6 KJV) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(Rom 6:23 KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C. Someday the Son of God will pronounce judgement on the guilty.

NOTE - This is what He is saying in vs. 62, "You judge Me now, but one day you will see Me coming again to judge you!"


Conclusion:

(Mark 14:61-62 KJV) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?) And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

(Mark 14:61-62 KJV) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?) And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.


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