Condemned. The third of fifteen words on Jesus way to the Cross.
The third of our Lent reflections considers the power of the condemnation Jesus faced, by pondering Luke 22:66-71, and what it means to us today.
At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. ‘If you are the Messiah,’ they said, ‘tell us.’
Jesus answered, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.’
They all asked, ‘Are you then the Son of God?’
He replied, ‘You say that I am.’
Then they said, ‘Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.’
In the great hymn ‘And Can it Be’, we sing ‘no condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in him, is mine’. We can sing that, because of who Jesus is, and what Jesus did. And a part of that, a part of that story, is the condemnation.
Jesus, God himself, stands before the religious and political leaders of the day, and is condemned.
In that very condemnation, though, is a declaration, an announcement, the first hint that this courtroom drama might not be exactly as it seems.
Jesus is the Son of God. This is no ordinary, common criminal. Something else is going on. Condemned, yes, but with such a hint of coming glory that we all too easily skip over it: “from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God”.
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