As our community gathered to attend to Jesus in his trial before the religious elite we individually and communally experienced the redemptive power of God. Profound themes emerged in our sharing and listening to the text, the Spirit and one another. Themes such as:
Do they really think they can blindfold God?
Jesus, in his way, is destroying the structure of the Temple.
"I Am" - a place to stand
Hearing Jesus' voice in the darkeness - I am in the darkness
Freedom from false accusations: from the enemy, others, self
Weep at Jesus' beatings. Weep at the injustice of the world.
Where is Justice? When will you bring justice to the earth?
Here is my servant...my chosen one...
He will not shout or cry out or raise his voice...
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
He will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on the earth.
Mark 14:53-65 (NIV)
They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
For Reflection and Prayer:
Was there a word, a phrase, image, or feeling that stood out to you as you listened? Bring it into your prayer with Jesus.
What do you notice about discernment in the text? Is there something which Jesus may be teaching you through this trial? Talk with him about it.
Be with Jesus in this story, either at a distance or by his side. Just be with him.