Then the high priest stood up in the middle of the gathering and examined Jesus. “Aren’t you going to respond to the testimony these people have brought against you?” But Jesus was silent and didn’t answer. Again, the high priest asked, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the blessed one?”
Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Human One[f] sitting on the right side of the Almighty[g] and coming on the heavenly clouds.”
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we need any more witnesses? You’ve heard his insult against God. What do you think?”
They all condemned him. “He deserves to die!”
Some began to spit on him. Some covered his face and hit him, saying, “Prophesy!” Then the guards took him and beat him.
[f] Or Son of Man [g] Or the Power
Mark 14:60-65, Common English Bible (c) 2011
I wonder who first told this story. I wonder when it was first told. I wonder how it changed over time. And I really wonder if they truly “all condemned him.” Once the high priest had spoken and few of the more outspoken or high-ranking leaders agreed, I wonder if anyone dared disagree.
– Teressa Clark, 2012
Lenten Reflections 2019: Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 33