Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.
Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”
Matthew 26: 65 – 68
This is the critical point in Jesus’ trial, when the two different views of the world collided – the truth and falsehood. But try to put yourself into the High Priest’s shoes, for a moment. Jesus is saying here that he is the Son of God. If it is not true, then it is a terrible lie, one that insults God. But, if it is true, then the High Priest’s role is gone, finished – Jesus is our High Priest, our ultimate authority in all things.
At every point in the story of Christ’s life, each person that he encounters has the chance to listen and understand this life-saving truth, that Jesus is the Son of God. For some people, though, it is almost impossible to admit this. The High Priest had too much success and power to lose, so he rejected the very Messiah he had longed for.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I long for you, for your presence and your love. Help me not to reject you when I encounter you, not to make other things more important than you, but to recognise and embrace the changes you bring to my life. Amen
Action: look at the things that feel important in your life, and think about whether they are getting in the way of your relationship with Christ.