In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an insightful sermon titled, “The Unjust Trial of Jesus.” Join us as we study how Jesus’ trial unfolded in Mark 14:53-65 and learn powerful truth about Jesus’ innocence and the unjust accusations made against Him. Our prayer is that this message would open your eyes to the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for you and encourage you to believe in Him.
The Unjust Trial of Jesus
Deuteronomy 16:18-20 NIV
Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. Follow justice and justice alone.
Mark 14:53 ESV
And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.
John 18:12-13 ESV
So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.
John 18:19 ESV
The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
John 18:20-21 ESV
Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.”
John 18:22-24 ESV
When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Mark 14:54 ESV
And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire.
Mark 14:55 ESV
Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none.
Mark 14:56-59 ESV
For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'” Yet even about this their testimony did not agree.
Mark 14:60 ESV
And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”
Mark 14:61a ESV
But he remained silent and made no answer.
Mark 14:61b ESV
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
Matthew 26:63 ESV
But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Mark 14:62a ESV
And Jesus said, “I am.”
Mark 14:62 ESV
And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Mark 14:63-64 ESV
And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.
Mark 14:65 ESV
And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.
Luke 22:64-65 ESV
They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
Mark 14:65b NLT
And the guards slapped him as they took him away.
1st He was innocent
2nd We are guilty
Romans 3:10 NIV
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;”
Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,