Christ, who alone remained awake, nevertheless teaches profound lessons for us through His praying. As fully human, He no more wanted to endure His coming torture than any of us would. He asked of God if there were any way possible that He might be spared this ordeal. But He left room for God’s sovereign rule to override His natural human inclinations. It became increasingly velar as He prayed that God required Him to die for the sake of the world, and so He submitted compliantly. Here, if ever, is proof that all human prayers must include the condition “if it be God’s will,” and that God does not always grant the desires of those who pray even when those prayers are uttered with complete faith and every good motive.
Suddenly Judas arrived with a combination of Jewish and Roman guards, Matthew 26:47-75 narrates the proceedings taken against Jesus by the Jewish authorities. He was arrested, but Jesus made plain that He would countenance no fighting on His behalf. He was bound and led away to the home of the high priest, Caiaphas, where a hastily called nighttime gathering of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish “Supreme Court,” had been convened.
The proceedings that followed broke many later Jewish laws. Perhaps not all of these were yet in effect; perhaps desperate men were able to set aside legal provisions so as not to let Jesus escape from their hands. Despite the various illegalities, there was a pretense of due process, which itself almost stymied the authorities.
Finally, they found some testimony that led the high priest to confront Jesus directly with the question of His self-understanding. Did He claim to be the Christ, the Messiah? He answered with a qualified affinitive, which might be paraphrased, “That’s your way of putting it.” But since the council was anticipating a merely human liberator, He went on to clarify. He is a heavenly Son of man who will sit at the very right hand of God and return on the clouds of heaven. “Son of man” for Jesus is a heavenly, Christological title based on Daniel 7:13-14. Such claims made Jesus seem too clearly to have been usurping prerogatives reserved for God alone. Caiaphas tore his clothes in grief and cried, “Blasphemy!” Little did he know that it was he and not Jesus who was scandalously rejecting God’s true revelation.
Credits: Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor and Holy Bible, King James Version.
Columbia Prayer Chain
Thursday, October 13
In our prayers: Jeannie, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Donna Hotaling, Meredith Mitchell, Betty Jo, Jerry Callahan, Russ Meyne, April Goodwin, Laura Bushnell, Loretta M. in Cayce, Kody Oswald, Tina Bailey, Oliver Crawford, Edgar Maxwell, Laura Lou Rummans, Elizabeth Adams, Rootie Pope in Leesville, Gene Awtrey in Spring Valley, John Conde, Millie Husbands, Clyde Ireland, Sam King, Bob Whiteside, Chuck Witten, Lindsay Cathcart, Raven Tarpley, Elizabeth F., Steven and Janelle, William Alex McDaniels, Maddie Rosenthal, DuBose Tuller, Nancy, Doris C., Lynn in Camden, John in Forest Acres, Frances R., Chris Johansson in Blythewood, Nancy in West Columbia, John in Forest Acres
In memoriam: Edward “Eddie” McNay Bergeron Jr., Master Sgt. Joe Richard Harmon, Larry Hoffman, Candace Atkinson Gibbs, Cameron Bates Berry, Carolyn Kate Armstrong Kilgo, James Raleigh Sims, Anthony Thompson, Dana Roger Sandy Jr., James Cason Mundy V, Mildred Linda Starr, Donna Linette Williams
Our prayers are with: The homeless, the unemployed, all infant victims of abuse, all those fighting breast cancer and all breast cancer survivors, Mandy and all beloved pets, our president and congress and all who serve in the armed forces
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Sharon is a member of the Community Church of the Midlands that meets at Seven Oaks Community Center at 200 Leisure Lane In Columbia and is a frequent participant, with her husband Douglas, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located in Columbia.
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