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*Luke 22:65-23:12*
*Close Encounters of the Third Kind*
v    Who is Jesus to you?
Ø     We just sang a song that talks about Jesus being our “friend”
§        To many that is what he is…a friend
Ø     If you take a quick perusal at the back of the hymnal you find that Jesus is described in many different ways…
§        King
§        Lord
§        God Incarnate
§        A “Priceless Treasure”
§        The “Lover of my Soul”
v    Today we are going to look at how Jesus was thought of by three people leading up to his condemnation before the crowd 
Ø     Luke records 4 of the 5 trials that Jesus underwent
§        The trial that Luke omits is that of Jesus before Annas, the *past* high priest
·        This was the first person that Jesus was brought before
¨     It is recorded for us in *John 18:19-24*
Ø     Here Annas questions Jesus regarding his disciples and his teachings
§        But Jesus refuses to answer
·        Telling him that he has always taught openly in the temple and synagogues
Ø     Annas shuttles Jesus off to Caiaphas and an informal meeting of the Sanhedrin
§        We talked a little about this trial last week
·        It was held at night
¨     And we are not told what went on at this trial
Ø     But I’m sure they were getting their “ducks in a row”
§        They wanted their formal hearing to go like clockwork
§        It was during this secret, informal trial that Peter denied Jesus 3x
v    After Caiaphas was finished…
Ø     There was a little time before daybreak
§        So Jesus was handed over the temple guards
·        And in the few hours before dawn we find out what happens to Jesus
¨     Look at *verses 63-65*
v    Here Jesus’ humiliation began
Ø     He was bloodied and bruise, mocked and scoffed at
v    When dawn finally arrived…
Ø     Caiaphas quickly called the Sanhedrin together for a formal hearing
*READ 22:66-71*
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*Jesus Before the Sanhedrin ~~ An Enemy*
v    It is clear that the Sanhedrin considered Jesus an enemy
Ø     I liked what Kent Hughes wrote in his commentary as a possible description of the scene…
§        /Torches were still flickering against their walls in the chilled judgment chamber as the light of dawn outlined the mount of olives.
No doubt, it was a Kangaroo court Sanhedrin that glared at Jesus.
Not all the members knew of the event, so some seats were empty.
But, oh, their satisfaction as their disheveled, bloodied adversary stood before them.
There they sat in concentric semi-circles, a mess of beards, sly, sinister eyes, evil tongues.
Their eyes were red with rage.
Some shook with uncontrollable, delicious anticipation./
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v    You see…
Ø     This is the culmination of years of effort
§        The Sanhedrin, composed of priests, teachers and elders, had been after Jesus from the very beginning
·        *Mark 3:6* tells us that after one of their very first encounters with Jesus on the Sabbath
¨     /They began to plot how they might kill him/
Ø     So this was 3 years in the making
§        And they finally have Jesus right where they want him
·        Their great enemy, standing before them,
¨     Naked
¨     Weak
¨     Helpless
¨     Bloodied
v    And all they are trying to do is to get him to say something blasphemous
Ø     So they ask him the one question that they can indict him on
§        *V.
67 ~~ */If you are you the Christ, tell us./
v    But Jesus knew that they were not interested in hearing the truth
Ø     We see that in *verse 67b-68*
§        He knows that they will not believe him
·        And if he tries to question them
¨     He knows they will not answer
Ø     There is a history of this
§        E.g.
John the Baptist
v    Jesus knows that they are not at all interested in truth
Ø     They are here for his blood
Ø     They are here for his life
Ø     They are here because they *hated* him
Ø     They consider him an enemy
§        They probably did not know it
·        But they were fulfilling prophecy
¨     *Ps 35:19*
Ø     /They hated me without reason/
v    And that same type of hatred continues today
Ø     Make no mistake, the world hates Jesus
§        *Those are strong words, Blake!*
·        But they come from Jesus himself
¨     *John 15:18-25 (Count how many times the word “hate” is used)*
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v    The Sanhedrin hated him without reason
Ø     And so does the world today
§        To stand with Jesus is to stand against the world
·        That is why it is so difficult many times to be a Christians
¨     The Bible describes us as…
Ø     Strangers in a strange land
Ø     Foreigners and aliens here
Ø     As our home being elsewhere
Ø     When we give our lives to Christ
§        He slowly changes us so that
·        The things of this world become strangely dim
·        Our mind changes
¨     Have the mind of Christ
·        Our values change
¨     Those things that once were important to us are not
·        Our morals change
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