The Unfair Trial of Jesus

Throughout the scriptures we find instances of righteous people facing spurious charges, the most detailed of course being the trial of Christ. Another example is Abinadi - after a ridiculous trial, the king pronounced the following verdict, punishable by death: "For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men." Here's the kicker. You'd think that if this was the real reason why Abinadi was on trial, then the king might release him if he signed some contract to never preach such things again, right? Get this, the king's next words: "and now, for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me and my people." (Mosiah 17:8) Ah, and thus we see that the king was a bit irked by Abinadi's words against him, not about God coming down.
Christ's trial is similar - the Jewish leaders' positions were threatened by this revolutionary character, so they made up a reason to kill him. They bond Jesus and took him to the high priest. In attempting to find an accusation worthy of death, they threw out things like "Oh, um, he said he'd, like, destroy the temple in 3 days." but none of their testimonies agreed. Finally the high priest, who was on their side anyway, got fed up and just asked Jesus: "Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" A loaded question, but Christ knew his time had come, so he answered: "I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." Now the high priest had a witness, however false it was.
"What need we any further witnesses?" exclaimed the high priest, "Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?" So on this wise was Christ crucified.
Now this is interesting: I came across a humorous IM conversation of two law students about whether or not Jesus should be held accountable for Judas' suicide. When I first read it I found it quite entertaining, but I got thinking about it and I realized that if that accusation were to play out into a full-blown trial, how identical it would be to the unfair trial that Jesus endured before his death. As spurious as can be, but twisted so as to present it as valid and even just. That's the world we live in - Your legal status as innocent or guilty, regardless of what really happened, depends on how much money you have and your lawyer.

Click here to read IM conversation

(thanks to thesiegeperilous for a great post)

1 comment:

Thuan30 said...

I'm glad you could get some use out of it. Hope everything's going well. Having lots of fun in Vietnam.

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