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In today’s YouTube video on the Bob Spradling channel, Rudy Ross and I talk about the scapegoat and the sinless nature of the Suffering Servant.
Today’s blog article will explore Jesus’ trial and the accusations that were brought against him.
A Perversion of Justice
Isaiah stated that the Suffering Servant would be “taken away” and “cut off from the land of the living” by a “perversion of justice.”
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people. (Isaiah 53.8)
Matthew records how the religious authorities attempted to bring charges against Jesus, but could not find any guilt in him.
He wrote, “Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward” (Matthew 26.59-60).
Mark delivers a similar finding to that of Matthew: “Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.
“For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree” (Mark 14.55-56).
Even though Jesus was innocent of all charges, the authorities had to find reasons to crucify him.
The religious reason for opposition to Jesus was the assertion that Jesus used miracles to draw people away from the proper worship of God.
The law was clear about what to do with someone who caused others to worship a false god. It stated, “If anyone secretly entices you . . . saying, ‘Let us go worship other gods’ . . . show them no pity or compassion and do not shield them. But you shall surely kill them . . .” (Deuteronomy 13.6-9).
When the religious leaders accused Jesus and said, “By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons” (Matthew 9.34), they were building an argument to get Jesus out of the way.
Their logic was that Jesus was cooperating with demonic forces to produce miracles that would deceive people into the worship of other gods.
They attempted to trap a formerly blind man whom Jesus healed into turning away from Jesus. The dialogue from John 9.24-25 shows the willingness of the religious elite to pervert justice and Jesus’ innocence.
Religious leaders: “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.”
Healed blind man: “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
The Roman government took rebellion with ruthless seriousness. Jesus was one of tens of thousands who experienced Rome’s preferential method for dealing with rebels.
Pilate’s question, “Are you the King of the Jews?” (Matthew 27.11), was very important. In the Roman Empire, there cold be no ruler except the Roman Emperor. All others were to be executed by crucifixion.
When the soldier’s mocked Jesus, they abused him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27.29). The soldiers treated Jesus as a rebel and worthy of the kind of punishment they were giving him.
The placard on the cross announced his crime. It read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews” (Matthew 27.37).
Jesus was certainly crucified with the Roman government’s belief that he was a threat to their rule.
On the other hand, Jesus spoke of another kind of a kingdom.
When Pilate asked Jesus what crime he had committed, Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”
Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” (John 18.36-37).
Jesus was innocent of the charges of rebellion against the Roman Empire, but Isaiah’s words were true, “By a perversion of justice he was taken away” (Isaiah 53.7).
Judged as a Perfect Sacrifice
Isaiah knew God would provide a Suffering Servant to be a sacrifice for sinful people.
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people. (Isaiah 53.7)
Paul understood Jesus’ role in the redemptive process. He said, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5.21).
God’s amazing love is that he provided a sinless sacrifice for sin. The sacrifice for our sins was the precious blood of his only Son.
About This Blog
Please join Rudy Ross and me on YouTube today as we talk about the sinless sacrifice of the Suffering Servant.
I am indebted to John Oswalt for his insights. His two-volume commentary on Isaiah is very insightful.
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