April /06/ 08
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This week's question:
After it was reported to the Pharisees that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, they convened a council and then said;
47 Therefore the chief priests and
the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, "What are we
doing? For this man is performing many signs.
48 "If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."
49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all,
50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish."
51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, (John 11:47-51).
And from that day forward they planned to kill Jesus. When the multitude had come to Jerusalem because of the Passover feast, they had things to say about Jesus;
17 So the people, who were with
Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the
dead, continued to testify about Him.
18 For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.
19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him." (John 12:17-19)
At the end of that week Jesus was arrested and taken into the courtyard;
55 Now the chief priests and the
whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put
Him to death, and they were not finding any.
56 For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.
57 Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying,
58 "We heard Him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.
59 Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent.
60 The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, "Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?"
61 But He kept silent and did not answer Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"
62 And Jesus said, "I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN."
63 Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, "What further need do we have of witnesses?
64 "You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?" And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.
65 Some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, "Prophesy!" And the officers received Him with slaps in the face. (Mark 14:55-65).
That brings us to our question, "Who was on trial for the resurrection of the dead?". Just as Jesus faced His trial at the hands of godless men, so did many of His followers after His crucifixion as we see in Stephen,
8 And Stephen, full of grace and
power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.
9 But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.
10 But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
11 Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God."
12 And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.
13 They put forward false witnesses who said, "This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the
14 for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us." (Acts 6:8-14). At the end of his defense, Stephen was stoned to death. And so it is not a mystery that an apostle of Jesus is too brought before the council who says;
1 Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, "Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day." (Acts 23:1). The high priest, Ananias has him struck on the mouth at that point.
So then, for our answer we turn and read,
6 But perceiving that one group
were Sadducees and the other Pharisees,
began crying out in the Council, "Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of
Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the
7 As he said this, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
9 And there occurred a great uproar; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, "We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"
10 And as a great dissension was developing, the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks. (Acts 23:6-10).
So there we have the answer to our question as it is Paul who was on trial for the resurrection of the dead!
May we be as cunning and use the wisdom of Faith that comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17) to be able to contend for the faith (Jude 3) and be able to answer those who question our belief in God and why we walk in Him for life (1 Timothy 2:15).
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