He Spoke on Your Behalf by Caleb H.
June 23, 2008, 6:00 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

Mark 14:55-65

55 Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.

It was a seemingly unimportant event in the process leading to the crucifixion of Christ. It seems like this trial was merely a formality. A mock-preceding with an inevitable conclusion.

But we see that the accusers had no case. Christ with his silence, and the false witnesses with their incongruent testimony had brought the trial to a halt. No progress could be made to condemn Jesus without a viable verdict.

Look again at verses 55 regarding their attempt to find charges against Jesus, “they found none”. And in the next verse, “For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree.” The last refrain is repeated again in verse 59.

We then see the chief priest seeking to bait Jesus into “blasphemy”. If Jesus answered the man, he knew that his words would be twisted and perverted. Not taken for what they were, the declaration of deity by their God, the ruling counsel would condemn him to death on public display.

And yet, Jesus spoke on your behalf! In his omniscience, he knew what awaited him. He knew that they would beat him and crucify him. He didn’t have to speak. And yet he did. He went on to endure the humiliation of being flogged and nailed to a cross, and even then to endure and exhaust the righteous wrath of His father. And he did this, speaking up and facing what followed not to prove his worth to anyone, and not mainly to set an example for his followers, but, Christ was crucified by his own allowance to pay for your (and my) sin.

And God is glorified, not when we seek to pay him back, but when we surrender to the fact that Christ has paid it all. To God be the praise and glory forever! How good he is to sinners!

Thank you Jesus for speaking on my behalf!


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Caleb! Thank you so much! It is amazing to know that the Savior spoke on my behalf. He didn’t have to, but because he wanted to lay down his life, on his own accord for ME, he spoke! What grace and mercy and love for the foremost sinner!

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