Whose Side Are You On? – Those Who Witnessed the Passion
– by Carlos Mantica
III. The Sanhedrin
Jesus’ suffering goes on. He is now taken to the house of Caiaphas himself, where the elders and scribes are waiting. There Caiaphas questions him again, and condemns him as a blasphemer:
“He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spat in his face, and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” (Matthew 26:65-67)
Please mark well – those who strike him and spit on him are not the guards, but the members of the Supreme Court. These are the ones who first slander him through false, paid witnesses, and then personally strike him and mock him. It is a habit of many powerful ones, to first kick and soil what they are about to eat, just like pigs do.
In their concern for condemning Jesus, they have broken so many laws, that they now need to legalize their illegality. They have acted out of time and out of place – during the night, and in a private home. They have broken all the trial laws of Israel. That is why, when the sun rises, they take him to the Sanhedrin:
When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away to their council… And they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony to we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.” (Luke 22:66, 70-71)
Everything is now legalized. The secret midnight meeting has now been ratified by the judiciary.
Carlos Mantica is a founder of The City of God community (La Cuidad de Dios) in Managua, Nicaragua, and a founding leader of the Sword of the Spirit. He served as president of the Sword of the Spirit between 1991 and 1995. Adapted from the book, From Egghead to Birdhood (hatch or rot as a Christian), © copyright 2001 Carlos Mantica.