Point of View
It all depends upon our point of view, and this is true when it comes to the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
If I’m one of the Jewish priests in Jerusalem hours before the Passover in AD 33, Jesus is a Galilean false prophet. His words threated the Temple that I believe is the most sacred place on earth and His growing popularity threatens not only this Temple but could arouse the wrath of Rome that could mean the end of my nation. In Jesus’ night hearing before the Sanhedrin, Caiaphas, the High Priest, asked the crucial question and Jesus gave a definitive answer,
“And the High Priest said to him, ‘I challenge you under oath from the Living God, what do you say? Are you the Messiah, the Son of God?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’” - Matthew 26:63-65
Caiaphas tore his robe and accused Jesus of blasphemy—a charge worthy of death. Read the text carefully and you will find that Matthew has a completely different point of view. The witnesses were false when they claimed Jesus threatened to tear down the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Jesus did predict the Romans would destroy the Temple (the prophecy came true in AD 70), but it was the temple of His body that would be torn down on the cross and then rebuilt on the third day when He rose from the dead. Both Caiaphas and Matthew declare that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah. Whether we believe this is true or not determines what our point of views will be in eternity.
LORD, You are frequently presented as a good rabbi and as one of the great religious teachers in history. Help me to challenge folks to actually read the primary sources like Matthew that You have preserved and given to us. Today’s text challenges me to bow before You as Israel’s Messiah, the Ruler Daniel predicted would come from heaven to set up Your Father’s Kingdom to earth. I am so thankful that in Your first coming You were willing to face the false accusations, the rejection by Your people, and death on the cross so that You could forgive even those who crucified You if we only believe.
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