3 Responses To Jesus
After Jesus was arrested in John 18, things begin to happen very quickly. He is quickly transported to the Jewish and Roman officials to decided what to do with him. During this event, there are three responses to Him.
Jesus was first taken to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest. Caiaphas had suggested that it was necessary for one man to die for the Jews. Then Jesus was taken before the high priest himself. What was Caiaphas’ response to Jesus? He questioned Jesus. He asked Him about His teaching. He was interested in discovering something that he could hang on Christ so that they could kill Him. He was interested in preserving the system that was currently in place that allowed Israel to exist. He was not interested in learning anything new from Jesus.
Jesus answered back that He had not hidden His teaching and that it had been done in public. He wondered why he was being asked about it in this format. This led to the second response to Jesus.
One of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus. He considered Jesus’ answer to the high priest to be rude. He viewed Jesus as a threat to an important system that had been in place for a thousand years or so.
Jesus calmly responded. He stated that He had answered the question. He said that if he answered wrongly, to tell what it was that was wrong. However, it was right, why was He struck.
This response shouldn’t surprise us. People still strike out at what they don’t understand and fear today.
The final response was held outside the court. An unnamed disciple had gotten Peter in so that he could stand in the courtyard. He stood there around a fire while Jesus was going through this farce of a trial. A servant girl asked Peter if he wasn’t one of Jesus’ disciples. Most of us know what Peter’s response was.
Peter denied that he knew Jesus.
Many people today will question Jesus’ teaching. Others will view Him and his followers as threats. Still others, many of whom have grown up around Jesus and the Church, will simply deny Him.
What will be your response to Jesus today?