Tuesday | 18 January 2022
Bruised for our iniquity

Jesus first came alongside Peter and the disciples to bear God’s judgement on their sin, in the garden of Gethsemane. This happened when the detachment of troops and officers came to arrest Jesus and His followers. Jesus delivered Peter and the other disciples from the hands of the Jewish council, saying to the cohort, ‘I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way.’ Joh 18:8.

Instead of accepting Christ’s initiative to bear the sufferings of judgement that were about to be effected in the court of Caiaphas, Peter took it upon himself to combat those who sought to do injury to Christ. Having a sword, he struck Malchus, the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Jesus was prompted to intervene, healing Malchus, and addressing Peter by saying, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?’ Joh 18:11. Peter then followed the cohort from a distance as they brought Jesus before Annas, and then before Caiaphas, the high priest.

In the presence of the chief priests, elders and scribes, Jesus was questioned by Caiaphas, who asked, ‘Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ Mar 14:61. Jesus answered him, saying, ‘I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ Mar 14:62.

Upon hearing this confession, Caiaphas tore his garments and accused Jesus of blasphemy. On the basis of this accusation, the Sanhedrin used the Law to condemn Jesus to death. Mat 26:65-66. Mar 14:63-64. Lev 24:16. Jesus was then blindfolded and repeatedly struck in the face, and His beard was plucked from His cheeks. His back was also beaten with rods. Mar 14:64-65. Jesus suffered these reproaches as an offering for sin because of our iniquity.


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References:
Joh 18:8
Jesus answered, ‘I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way.’

Joh 18:11
So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?’

Mar 14:61-65
But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, ‘Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ Jesus said, ‘I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?’ And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, ‘Prophesy!’ And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands.

Mat 26:65-66
Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, ‘He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?’ They answered and said, ‘He is deserving of death.’

Lev 24:16
And whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the LORD, he shall be put to death.
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