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Jesus -- the Messiah #30

Jesus the Messiah wins the victory, but in a way and with a goal far different than the religious leaders ever expected – or wanted.

Read Mark 14:53-72.

Before the Sanhedrin

53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, elders and teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made by man.’ ” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 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.

Peter Disowns Jesus

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.


Note the details of these events in Peter’s life, as he would have reported them to Mark.

v. 53 – The Temple soldiers brought Jesus to their leaders in the middle of the night, away from the crowds.

vv. 61-64 – The leaders could not find evidence worthy of condemning Jesus to death, which was their goal. As we saw, they felt they had to get rid of Him before the Passover Week began.

Finally, the high priest confronted Jesus in hopes that He would convict Himself: “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Once again, Jesus refers back to the prophecy of Daniel and clearly affirms what the demons and disciples had long before proclaimed: “I am, and you will see theSon of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (vv. 61-62)

v. 72 – Peter was a person of good intentions, but he lacked courage at this point.


Can you empathize with Peter? Are you willing to stand with Jesus at the risk of your life in His battle for righteousness? Peter would later answer that call courageously. How about you?




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