“Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree.” Mark 14:55-56
It’s a terrible feeling to have someone falsely accuse you. Especially when that person in someone who already has authority over you. I’ve only been accused of something I didn’t do a few times in my life and only once by a person in authority. And technically the later was not a false accusation. Rather, it was a mistaken accusation. In this case, the teacher in question truly thought he saw me doing something wrong when I had not. Still, the feeling of injustice that came with a false accusation was there.
Our God is a God of truth and justice. In scripture God has given many instructions and made many provisions so that he can ensure that his people judge rightly. One of these instructions is one of the laws found in the Ten Commandments. Commandment number nine, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16. Additionally, if a person were found to have been submitting a false testimony, whatever penalty the falsely accused would have borne, that is the penalty the falsely accused would bear. (See Deuteronomy 19:18-19)
When it comes to Jesus trial before the Jewish leaders, the court was full of liars. The priests were liars because they new they had nothing of which they might accuse him. Jesus had been careful to avoid claiming to be the messiah or the Son of God, most often identifying himself as the Son of Man. Additionally, he discouraged others from identifying him such. Even so, there were those who believed him to be the Christ, the Son of God. But it’s not a crime for others to claim you are someone when you don’t want them to.
So if they were going to accuse Jesus, the Jewish leaders had no choice but to falsely accuse him. So they sought still more liars to come and fill the court with lies about Jesus. And in so doing they made themselves deserving of the penalty they sought to inflict upon Jesus.
The unfolding of Jesus trial before the Sanhedrin causes me to understand why the wages of sin is death. You see, sin isn’t just a person perusing an alternate lifestyle from the one God intended for them. Sin is a declaration of war against God. The determination to kill God. And there’s nothing the sinner won’t do to achieve that end.
Jesus, the Son of God, came to extend sinners grace so that he could set us free from the power of sin in our lives. We can either continue, in complete futility, to fight him and so give further evidence against ourselves or we can quit lying to ourselves and accept him as our Savior and receive the provision he’s made for our salvation.