Scripture: Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65

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Caiaphas Questions Jesus

Matthew 26:57-68 (KJV) 57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.  58 But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.  59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put Him to death; 60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.  62 And the high priest arose, and said unto Him, Answerest Thou nothing? what is it which these witness against Thee?  63 But Jesus held His peace, And the high priest answered and said unto Him, I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard His blasphemy.  66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. 67 Then did they spit in His face, and buffeted Him; and others smote Him with the palms of their hands, 68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, Thou Christ, Who is he that smote Thee?

Mark 14:53-65 (KJV) 53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.  54 And Peter followed Him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.  55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put Him to death; and found none. 56 For many bare false witness against Him, but their witness agreed not together. 57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against Him, saying,  58 We heard Him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.  59 But neither so did their witness agree together.  60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against Thee?  61 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?  62 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.  63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?  64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned Him to be guilty of death.  65 And some began to spit on Him, and to cover His face, and to buffet Him, and to say unto Him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike Him with the palms of their hands.

Questions:

1. Where was Jesus taken (Matthew 26:57; Mark 14:53)?

2. Who followed Jesus to the high priest’s palace and set with the servants to see what would happen to Jesus (Matthew 26:58; Mark 14:54)?

3. What was sought and why (Matthew 26:59; Mark 14:55)?

4. What did the high priest do and say (Matthew 26:65-66a; Mark 14:63-64a)? 

5. What did those gathered do and say (Matthew 26:66-68; Mark 14:64-65)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was taken to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders were assembled.

2. Peter followed Jesus to the high priest’s palace and set with the servants to see what would happen to Jesus.

3. False witness was sought against Jesus so they could put Him to death.

4.  The high priest tore his clothes and said Jesus had spoken blasphemy and they needed no more witnesses.

5. Those gathered all condemned Jesus to be guilty of death. Those gathered began to spit on Jesus, to cover His face, to buffet Him, to strike Him with their hands and to say unto Him, “Prophesy unto us, Thou Christ, who is he that smote Thee?”

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 26:63-64 (KJV) 63 But Jesus held His peace, And the high priest answered and said unto Him, “I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God.”  64 Jesus saith unto him, “Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” 

Mark 14:61-62 (KJV) 61 But Jesus 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?”  62 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.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. In Mark 14:62 Jesus answered clearly, “I am” to the high priest’s question, “Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed.” My Bible notes: Jesus declared His royalty in no uncertain terms.  In saying He was the Son of man, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah, as His listeners well knew.  He knew this declaration would be His undoing, but He didn’t panic.  He was calm, courageous and determined.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Mark 14:62 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.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Jesus didn’t deny His mission.  When you are asked who you are, what will your answer be?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Share with others your identity.  

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will stay loyal to You our Messiah.  I pray we will share Your Word with those around us.  In Your name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stay faithful to our Messiah, Christ Jesus.” <>< Dona