What Jesus Did! 'You Are Right ... but Wrong' — Luke 22:63-71

Monday, December 14, 2015

Some men were holding (guarding) Jesus. They made fun of Jesus and beat him. They covered his eyes so that he could not see them. Then they hit him and said, "Be a prophet and tell us who hit you!" And they said many very bad things to Jesus. The next morning, the older leaders of the people, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law came together. They led Jesus away to their highest court. They said, "If you are the Christ, then tell us that you are!" Jesus said to them, "If I tell you I am the Christ, you will not believe me. And if I ask you, you will not answer. But beginning now, the Son of Man will sit at the right side of God's throne." They all said, "Then are you the Son of God?" Jesus said to them, "Yes, you are right when you say that I am." They said, "Why do we need witnesses now? We ourselves heard him say this!"
— Luke 22:63-71
Illustration of Luke 22:63-71 — "Why do we need witnesses now? We ourselves heard him say this!"

Key Thought

The irony of this event is that Jesus' enemies are right in their accusation—he is the Messiah, the Son of God. They are also wrong—they won't believe in Jesus as Messiah and Son of God, but instead are intent on killing him. They are the vivid reminder that we can say the right things and yet refuse to believe them. We can say the right things, but say them in ridicule and be guilty of sin. The battle we face is an issue of our hearts. Are we seeking God's will, or are we protecting our religious interests? Let's continually seek to have our hearts open for God's truth and God's will.

Today's Prayer

Father, as I seek truth, help me seek you and your will first. I know that I cannot authentically live in obedience to your truth without seeking to honor you. Purify my heart and create a right spirit in me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

They arrested Jesus and took him away. They brought Jesus into the house of the high priest. Peter followed them, but he did not come near Jesus. The soldiers started a fire in the middle of the yard and sat together. Peter sat with them. A servant girl saw Peter sitting there. She could see because of the light from the fire. The girl looked closely at Peter's face. Then she said, "This man was also with him (Jesus)!" But Peter said this was not true. He said, "Lady, I don't know him." A short time later, another person saw Peter and said, "You are also one of those people that follow him (Jesus)." But Peter said, "Man, I am not one of his followers!" About an hour later, another man said, "It is true! This man was with him (Jesus). He is from Galilee!" The man said he was sure about this. But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about!" Immediately, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord (Jesus) turned and looked into Peter's eyes. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said: "Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will say three times that you don't know me." Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly. Some men were holding (guarding) Jesus. They made fun of Jesus and beat him. They covered his eyes so that he could not see them. Then they hit him and said, "Be a prophet and tell us who hit you!" And they said many very bad things to Jesus. The next morning, the older leaders of the people, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law came together. They led Jesus away to their highest court. They said, "If you are the Christ, then tell us that you are!" Jesus said to them, "If I tell you I am the Christ, you will not believe me. And if I ask you, you will not answer. But beginning now, the Son of Man will sit at the right side of God's throne." They all said, "Then are you the Son of God?" Jesus said to them, "Yes, you are right when you say that I am." They said, "Why do we need witnesses now? We ourselves heardhim say this!"

Luke 22:54-71

Related Scripture Readings

God, create a pure heart in me! Make my spirit strong again!

Psalm 51:10

Jesus answered, "The things I teach are not my own. My teaching comes from him (God) who sent me. If a person wants to do what God wants, then that person will know that my teaching comes from God. That person will know that this teaching is not my own.

John 7:16-17

You carefully study the Scriptures. You think that those Scriptures give you life forever. Those same Scriptures tell about me! But you refuse to come to me to have that life {you want}.

John 5:39-40

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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