Here is today’s challenge from Pastor Matt’s blog…
The Second Trial of Jesus
Mark 14:55-64 “The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made by man.’ ” Yet even then their testimony did not agree. Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
Jesus lived a sinless life and therefore no one could truthfully testify against him. Although none of us have lived or will live a sinless life on this earth we should strive every day to be like Jesus. We are saved by grace and if we confess our sin and ask for forgiveness, God is faithful to forgive us. Is there something in your life that you need to confess and ask forgiveness for? Is there someone that you need to extend forgiveness to? Pray that God will give you the humility and strength to do what is needed. Pray that relationships will be restored and chains of un-forgiveness will be broken leading to a new level of freedom in Christ.