Trial Before the Leaders of Israel: Mathew 26:57-68
“57) Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58) But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers to see the outcome. 59) Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. 60) They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward, 61) and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’ ”” Matthew‬ ‭26‬:‭57‬-‭61‬
You will search in vain trying to find anything fair or honest in this trial or Jesus before Caiaphas, the scribes and the elders. They met with the predetermined purpose of putting Jesus to death. Without them realizing it, they were fulfilling the typology of sacrificing the Lamb of God on the night of the Passover.
These events fulfilled what Moses and the children of Israel instituted in Exodus 12. Jesus was about to destroy the works of the devil and those covered by His blood are sparred from eternal death. Indeed, the story of the trail, condemnation and cruxifixction of Jesus Christ was the true Passover story of which Moses and the Children of Israel were a mere foreshadow.
Everything in the crucifixion story fits the Old Testament analogies from Abraham offering up Isaac in Genesis 22, to the Passover in Exodus 12. In fact, there is much to learn about the Christian life from the Exodus of Israel, they’re wondering in the wilderness and the eventual conquest of the Promised Land.
Jesus was eventually condemned for blasphemy because He claimed to be the Christ, the Son of God. (Matthew 26:63-66) He was condemned to death not for any wrong or crime He had committed, but solely for who He claimed to be.
Jesus died for the truth. He was and is exactly Who He claimed to be. He’s is indeed the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global.