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No greater example exists of one being just while being treated unjustly than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Predicate nominative neuter plural – dikaios – divkaia = righteous, equitable, fair or just.

Dikaios = righteousness as the attribute and characteristic of God or righteousness in the sense of the fulfillment of that which God requires of men.

Neuter gender – denotes the obligation to be fair, just, and equitable = “everything that is just or fair or equitable.”

Supergrace capacity for life includes this sense of justice, the sense of fair play, a sense of right treatment toward all in the realm of one’s personal life.

People are going to be unfair and unjust and you must not lower yourself to their level and become unfair and unjust.

Capacity for righteousness and just treatment of others causes the believer to avoid divisiveness, conspiracies, vengeance, cruelty to others.

No greater example exists for us of one being just and righteous while being treated unjust and unrighteous than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the only celebrity of the Christian faith.

JOH 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, “A slave is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

1TI 6:13 I order you in the presence of the God, who preserves alive the all things, and of Christ Jesus, who has testified the honorable confession before Pontius Pilate,

With the exception of one short interrogation, these six trials were unfair and unjust in every way.

Who was on trial?

The unique Person of the universe, undiminished deity and true humanity combined in one Person forever, the Lord Jesus Christ.

One of the greatest systems of jurisprudence was used to condemn this One who was not only innocent, but who in His humanity, was also absolutely perfect.

COL 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

The first trial was before Annas, the father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was the high priest, JOH 18:12-14.

MAT 26:15 “What are you willing to give me to deliver Him up to you?” And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver.

MAT 26:16 Judas began looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.

LUK 22:51b But Jesus touched his ear and healed him.

Annas was not a judge, therefore, this was an illegal trial; this was unfair and unjust treatment.

Annas was engaged in gangster activities connected with every system of corruption in Jerusalem, as well as with the bands of robbers in the Negev, who owed their protection to him.

The people who brought the Lord to him and to trial were all self-righteous religious people, the chief priests, scribes and Pharisees.

It was the Sanhedrin, the religious organization in which all Judaism centered.

Annas, the most religious of them all, approved this case, and following the counsel of Caiaphas, he said, “Take Him in and kill Him!” JOH 18:14.

MAT 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

From the palace of Annas, our Lord was taken to the palace of Caiaphas, the legitimate high priest at the time.

MAT 26:57 And those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.

Caiaphas had said, “It is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation do not perish,” JOH 11:50.

Caiaphas was merely a practical man who recognized the need of finding a scapegoat for all the anti-Roman activities that were being performed in Israel.

Caiaphas knew that Rome was getting ready to demand that the lawlessness in Palestine be rectified by the death of a culprit.

The perfect Son of God is to be presented as a master criminal by the criminals themselves.

The chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death,
MAT 26:59.

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