Matthew 26:57-68 (Part 1) – The More Things Change; The More They Stay the Same

Posted: April 13, 2016 in Current Events, Gospel of Matthew
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Matthew 26:57-68 (Part 1)

Caiaphas Questions Jesus

 

The more things change; the more they stay the same is an old saying. The reason that it is an old saying, meaning that it has been around a long time, is because it is truth. Truth tends to stand the test of time. And so it is with old sayings. The more things change; the more they stay the same. In today’s passage, there is a rush to judgment, a rush to justify one’s opinion, and you will do anything to support it. Even non-believers who know the Jesus story condemn the hastiness, the kangaroo court atmosphere of the trail at Caiaphas’ house. However, are we not doing the same today in our political correctness. One of the recent events that baffles me is how my once rock ‘n’ roll idol, Bruce Springsteen, has decided to cancel a concert in the state of North Carolina, Greensboro to be exact, because of the state’s decision to pass a law that overturns the ordinance of the City of Charlotte allowing transgender individuals to use the public bathrooms of their choice. I was blown away by Bruce’s decision to stand with such a law. Bruce has always been the working man’s rock and roller. He sang about things that mattered to the common man, unemployment, making ends meet, marital issues, working for the man, and so on. He was the balladeer of the common man’s struggles in a world that glorifies riches. Yet, here he is so many years later, where the common man has made him a rich man and has made him rich for a very long time, supporting something that is so completely against the nature of the common that it shows how distant Bruce has actually become from the people he has championed over the years. Here, in one statement made to the press via press release, not in person, he claims that he stands with those who identify themselves with those who identify themselves as female when anatomically male and as male when anatomically female. I believe that Bruce has rushed to judgment over the state of North Carolina. He sits remotely in his Rumson, New Jersey estate and has made up his mind without trying to understand the situation.

 

He is willing to sell out North Carolina to please the intolerant tolerance of our nation. We are so afraid of offending anyone in this country that we have become intolerant of anyone disagrees with the anything goes mentality of the world. Bruce is so enamored with the chic-ness of the LGBT movement and how everyone is jumping on that bandwagon that he has sold his soul to appease them. There are so many instances such as this where the chic-ness of the LGBT movement is like a tidal wave that people jump on and ride without really even knowing what they are protesting against. They just know that it’s cool to protest against this thing and they do it. It’s mob mentality. And that is so far from the Bruce that I used to know and idolize that it just shows how out of touch with his real fan base that he really is. Let one Bruce say he is not going to do concerts in North Carolina and every other act joins in the protest because…well because everybody else is doing it. Didn’t our parents teach us not to jump off a bridge just because all our friends were doing it. As this tidal wave against North Carolina gains momentum, can we not be our parents once again and say stop. Don’t jump off the bridge just because all your entertainment industry buddies are. Think about what you are throwing your support behind and protesting against first. Bruce, what if your daughter, Jessica Rae, is attacked by sexual predator in a women’s bathroom because there was so much pressure on North Carolina to allow transgender men to use women’s bathrooms. What if it was Jessica? How would you feel then? Protecting the rights of transgenders is fine but in so doing we open the door for all kinds of weird perversion of sexual predators. What if it was your daughter, Bruce? What if it were your daughter? Rush to judgment can lead us down paths we do not want to go in the end. Bruce is joing the mob mentality here and the more things change, the more they stay the same. Don’t get me wrong, I think that transgenders deserve our compassion and love, but I do not think that this behavior should be celebrated and certified. The risks of doing so are far greater than the benefits. Sometimes we have to limit our freedoms to ensure the safety of the entire society. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, to quote Spock.

 

That is what I think about when I think about this hasty trial of Jesus. The minds were made up. There was rush to judgment. If does not matter to the priests that Jesus was in truth the Messiah. They just wanted to preserve their system. They did not want to hear what Jesus had to say. It was mob mentality. It was a tidal wave gaining momentum. It was jump on this bandwagon with us because we want what we want and it does not matter what the truth is, really. When we think of how things gain momentum without thought and without facts and without personally investigating things today, let’s read the passage for today, Matthew 26:57-68:

 

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

 

59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

 

Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

 

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.

 

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

 

64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”[a]

 

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”

 

“He is worthy of death,” they answered.

 

67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

 

Jesus was railroaded. Plain and simple. It did not matter what He said or did that night. He was going to be convicted and sentenced to death somehow, some way. I bet there were those there that night that were members of the high council, the Sandhedrin, as it was called, that felt like Jesus was right in saying what He said. There were those there that I bet felt like Jesus was the Messiah. But the mob mentality took over. They were afraid to speak out for fear of being singled out and maybe suffering the same fate as Jesus. That’s why Jesus’ disciples deserted Him. That’s why the cooler heads in the Sanhedrin said nothing and kept quiet. When the tidal wave gains momentum most of us don’t want to be the one to stand up and say, “This is wrong and I do not care what happens to me for standing up for what is right and what is biblical!” The more things change, the more they stay the same. Mob mentality rules. Nazi Germany was the same way. If you spoke up against the party line, you were marginalized, set aside, imprisoned, or killed. That may not be happening in the United States now but the power of the intolerance of tolerance can be and overwhelming social tide. This same thing. This same mentality happened to our Savior. No one would speak up against the high priest. No one would stand by Jesus’ side. No one was willing to say I believe Jesus is the Messiah – which is the truth. Those who wanted Him dead did not care about the truth. They just wanted Him silenced so they could get their way.

 

Would you and I have stood up for Jesus or would we have stood idly by and just joined the tidal wave against Jesus? Are you willing today to stand up, stand out and stand against that which is against bibilical principles or do we cave in to public pressure, peer pressure. Are you willing to stand up for what is right. Or are we quiet? Do we take our beliefs out into the streets and make the rubber meet the road when it comes to what we believe in. Or are we silent and let the mob take over. We complain about how our world is running away from Christ but we complain from inside our houses. We need to get out in the streets, run for office, vote, make a difference. Stand up and stand out. Stand against the tide. It did not happen that night with the Sanhedrin and does not happen now.

 

The more things change…the more they stay the same.

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