The Unfair Trial of Jesus
Matthew 26: 57-75
OPEN: A Jewish father was concerned about his son. He had not truly raised him to be grounded in the faith of Judaism… So, hoping to remedy this he sent his son to Israel so the boy could experience his heritage. A year later the young man returned home.
He said, "Father, thank you for sending me to the land of our Fathers. It was wonderful and enlightening. However, I must confess that while in Israel I converted to Christianity."
"Oh (groan) what have I done?" the father thought. So in the tradition of the patriarchs he went to his best friend and sought his advice and solace.
"It is amazing that you should come to me," stated his friend, "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian."
So in the traditions of the Patriarchs they went to the Rabbi. "It is amazing that you should come to me," stated the Rabbi, "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian. What is happening to our sons?
“Brothers, we must take this to the Lord," said the Rabbi. They fell to their knees and began to wail and pour out their hearts to the Almighty.
As they prayed, the clouds above opened and a mighty voice stated, "Amazing that you should come to Me. I, too, sent My Son to Israel..."
We saw last week that now the unfair trials of Jesus are about to begin. It is the last night of His earthly life. It is early Friday Morning, for the disciples and Jesus have been very busy this last day. They met with Jesus in the Upper Room, and Jesus washed their feet. Jesus also predicted that one of them would betray Him, and that was Judas Iscariot. Then the Lord proceeded to state that all the disciples would forsake Him and flee in His time of need. They all boasted that they would never leave the Lord, and Peter said that he would be willing to die for the Lord if needs be.
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