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 said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” Luke 22:66-70
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
Watching Jesus verbally spar with the teachers of the law all through the gospels just makes it harder for us to understand how he could be essentially silent during those last two days before Pilate and Herod and the chief priests. There were so many things he could have said…so many ways he could have embarrassed them!
Doesn’t it seem to you that he had some moral and spiritual obligation to have said more to them? Do you wonder whether any of his followers accused him of being ashamed of the gospel, because he wouldn’t speak up when he could have…when he should have? I mean, he KNEW the truth! Is it ever wrong to just speak the truth? Isn’t this the truth that sets men free? These are the questions rattling around in my head as I read the accounts of Jesus in Court before his crucifixion. And, of course, I ask them satirically, because these are all the same arguments I think we, the church, …