The Way of the Cross: Condemned (Luke 22:66-71)

As we prepare for Easter, past and present Pepperdiners contribute reflections on Jesus’ journey to the cross.

Luke 22:66-71 Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

Jesus is Condemned to Death, Peter Howson

Psalm 83:

O God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.

See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.

With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.

When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin.

They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us,”

“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you—

but he replied to them,
“If I tell you, you will not believe,
and if I question, you will not respond.
But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated
at the right hand of the power of God.”

Do to them as you did to Midian,
as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,

who perished at Endor
and became like dung on the ground.

Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

who said, “Let us take possession
of the pasturelands of God.”

They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”

Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
like chaff before the wind.

As fire consumes the forest
or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,

so pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.

He replied to them, “You say that I am.”

Cover their faces with shame, Lord,
so that they will seek your name.

May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
may they perish in disgrace.

Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord —
that you alone are the Most High over all the earth

Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth.”

Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.

O God, do not remain silent.

Dave Lemley is an alumnus of Pepperdine. Dave is me, and I contribute frequently to this blog, and am described elsewhere.


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