Seized, led and bound before the priestly council
Behind closed doors in the dark of night
Annas tried to use his own words against him
Nothing he said was false, hidden, not right.
By Law there should be a public trial in daylight
With peers, represented; the council must choose
Two or more witnesses who were willing and able
To bring accusations against the accused.
Still night and they brought him to Caiaphas the high priest
All the chief priests and council sought nothing but death
So they searched for many to bring false testimony
Only two stepped forth with deceit in each breath.
Against his accusers Jesus made no answer
Against what was false, naught to ‘add’ to their word.
The high priest said ‘I adjure you, by Elohim
Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.’
Jesus answered the question, and with it the Truth.
He shared with the council what scripture proclaimed.
‘You have said so’. A yes; he was speaking of himself
the Messiah, the ‘Son of Man’ of whom Daniel dreamed.
So here we have truth. He was asked and He answered.
No false word about him, his accusers were shamed.
But are we astounded to see their reaction
The anger, the rage, the defiance, the blame?
‘Blasphemer’ they cried out, ‘this man deserves death!’
‘This man’ spoke the truth, raised the dead, healed, forgave.
They sent him to Pilot to ensure his execution
And with cruel crucifixion buried him in the grave.
For though dark days passed in a stone covered tomb
Disciples dispersed with persecution at hand
On the third day He rose and the stone rolled away
Sending us to witness to Truth in every land.
At times it seems darkness can cover the light
‘Truth’ is relative today, some people might say,
But just saying it is so does not make it right
Rather hold on to Jesus and follow His way.
For one thing is certain, and that thing is this
That Truth, inconvenient though it may be
Will rise up again and in Glory and Power
The Truth will be known and it will set you free.
Thoughts on a sermon from Matthew 26:57-67
Sermon preached by Ueli Kern
Here is what scripture says about truth and it explains why many in the world could not understand who Jesus was nor what he said or taught. Consequently, if you know Jesus, you know the truth.
„And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.“
John 14:16-17 NIV
What is our response when we see injustice prevail, truth denied, and a mob mentality that wants to keep the status quo or the politically correct values as norms in order to not ‘rock the boat’?
Have you ever had the experience where the Truth was denied because it was inconvenient? Can you think of some examples today in the world where this is the case?