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THE TRIAL OF JESUS.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



Read Matthew XXVL, 57-68

We speak of the trial of Jesus, but really it was
not a trial. There was no intention of giving Him
a fair and just hearing. The Sanhedrin had firmly
made up its mind to condemn Jesus, and they went
through the form of a trial, not to discover the truth
about Him, but to endeavour to get some pretext
for what they had determined to do. When we
think who Jesus was, looking at Him in the light
of our belief in Him as the Son of God, the scenes
of His trial reveal His enemies in strange character
indeed. Think of men arresting the Son of God,
binding His hands, and putting Him on trial in
their courts !
BY J. R. MILLER



Read Matthew XXVL, 57-68

We speak of the trial of Jesus, but really it was
not a trial. There was no intention of giving Him
a fair and just hearing. The Sanhedrin had firmly
made up its mind to condemn Jesus, and they went
through the form of a trial, not to discover the truth
about Him, but to endeavour to get some pretext
for what they had determined to do. When we
think who Jesus was, looking at Him in the light
of our belief in Him as the Son of God, the scenes
of His trial reveal His enemies in strange character
indeed. Think of men arresting the Son of God,
binding His hands, and putting Him on trial in
their courts !

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THE TRIAL OF JESUSBY J. R. MILLER Read Matthew XXVL, 57-68We speak of the trial of Jesus, but really it wasnot a trial. There was no intention of giving Hima fair and just hearing. The Sanhedrin had firmlymade up its mind to condemn Jesus, and they wentthrough the form of a trial, not to discover the truthabout Him, but to endeavour to get some pretextfor what they had determined to do. When wethink who Jesus was, looking at Him in the lightof our belief in Him as the Son of God, the scenesof His trial reveal His enemies in strange characterindeed. Think of men arresting the Son of God,binding His hands, and putting Him on trial intheir courts !Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, just after the close of His anguish there. The ef-fect of His arrest on the disciples was to cause themto scatter and leave Him. While they all fled,John seems to have returned very soon, and wethink of him as following close behind his Masteron the way to the palace of the high priest. Peter302MATTHEW XXVI., 57-68 303also followed, but "afar off." This was the begin-ning of his denial.The rulers had no difficulty in getting men to
 
testify against Jesus. There always are men whocan be bribed to do anything. "The chief priestsand the whole council sought false witness againstJesus," that they might put Him to death. \ Theirintention was not to bring out the truth about Him,but to get such testimony as would seem to justifytheir determination to kill Him. It was false wit-ness they sought — no other kind of witness againstHim could be found, for there was none. In allthe land there was not a man, woman or child whocould truthfully say a word against Jesus. Hiswas the one life in all the world's history in whichthere was no flaw, no blemish. No wonder thequestion was asked by Pilate, when the Jews clam-oured for the condemnation of Jesus, "Why, whatevil hath He done?" The rulers could have foundthousands of witnesses to tell of the good thingsHe had done, but they could not find even oneto testify of any evil against Him. Hence theydeliberately sought false witnesses.But even this testimony was not of any use, forone witness swept away what another had said."They found it not, though many false witnessescame." There are many in these days, too, who arewilling and eager to witness against the Bible andagainst Christianity, but there is no agreementamong them. One man, for example, goes aboutwith his hammer, breaking off bits of rock and304 THE TRIAL OF JESUSstudying ancient fossils, saying that his deductionsdemolish the statements of the Bible. But anotherman, also hostile to Christianity, follows, with hislittle hammer, and reports other deductions whichsweep away the theories and conclusions of thefirst. So it is with all opposition to Christianity.
 
One witness antagonises another. Amid enmitiesand assaults, the New Testament stands really un-assailable, an impregnable rock, and Christ Him-self abides, the same yesterday, and to-day, yea, andforever.At length', however, two men were found whoseemed to agree in their testimony, saying the samething. Probably they had been drilled and taught just what to say. "Afterward came two, and said,This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days." Really Jesusnever said this. What He did say was, "Destroythis temple, and in three days I will raise it up,"referring to the temple of His body. The Jewstaught that any word spoken against the templewas blasphemy. Jesus had not said, however, thatHe would destroy the temple, but that if they de-stroyed it — meaning His body — He would restoreit, foretelling His own resurrection. The witnessesperverted His words, however, so as to give the im-pression that Jesus had actually spoken blasphemyagainst the temple. There always are those whoinsist upon garbling and misrepresenting whatJesus said in order to bolster up their own peculiaropinions.MATTHEW XXVI., 57-68 305Jesus remained silent before all that the falsewitnesses said. "Jesus held His peace." Therewas no reason why He should speak, for there wereno charges to answer. His calmness angered thehigh priest, and he stood up and fiercely demanded,"Answerest Thou nothing? what is it which thesewitness against Thee?" Still He answered noth-ing. There is a time to keep silence. When otherssay false or bitter things of us or to us, it is usually

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