Mark 14:53-65

Make no mistake about Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin.  It was not a trial.  The verdict and punishment were decided before they ever arrested Him (Mark 14:1).

This was about justifying their decision.  This was about humiliating Jesus.  This was about abusing their power.

They needed to identify a crime for the punishment.

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so they could put him to death, but they could not find any. (Mark 14:55)

Witnesses were called, but no two testimonies matched.

So the high priest decided to change the approach and questioned Jesus directly.

“Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

“I am,” said Jesus.  (Mark 14:61-62)

And with those words, they announced their pre-determined verdict – guilty.

Of blasphemy.

They all condemned him as worthy of death.  (Mark 14:64)

The only man ever to walk the earth without sin.

Condemned for telling them who He was.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  (John 1:10-11)

Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!”  And the guards took him and beat him.  (Mark 14:65)

He told them He was the Son of God, and they thrust their own guilt upon Him.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away … though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  (Isaiah 53:8a,9b)