Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded. “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Reflection. The religious leaders were enraged, their blood was boiling. And with good reason. Some so-called prophet from the North had arrived in town. He flouted sabbath rules; he challenged their teachings; he supposed he could forgive sins. Who did he think he was, the Son of God or something?
Why do people find stories about Jesus, even Jesus himself, offensive. Perhaps it is because he challenges us. This Easter can we Find One who will meet the Jesus we know.
Prayer. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that even knowing the cost, you did not give up on my salvation. Amen