February 9, Reading 3 – Matthew 26:58-75

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SAA Notes

All the gospels witness to this fact – the chief priests could not find any testimony against Jesus to condemn Him. They condemned Him by the words of His own mouth – something highly illegal in Israel. (Confession was inadmissible in a Jewish law-court. A person can lie for any number of reasons or easily be coerced.)

SJA Notes

Notice Jesus’ humility here.

Isaiah speaks of Jesus in this moment, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”

Who is this, that would stay quiet while broken men reveal the hypocrisy and depth of hatred in a miscarriage of justice that will shake the foundations of creation.

Who is this?

Jesus had said not a little while before, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels.”

What humility our Saviour shows! Oppressed and afflicted, with the Father’s omnipotence at hand – And yet He chooses to walk this narrow road of shadows and pain.

For us.

He did it for us.

* Great God above,

Thank You for Jesus, who bore the curse of sin that we deserve, so that we can go free.

That He bore it meekly, with all humility, it is beyond our minds to understand, but we try.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

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