Lent: Day 39 40 days of repentance, renewal, and returning to God

Friday: Day of Suffering

At 2 AM this morning, Jesus was bound and taken to the chief priest Annas and Caiaphas (John 18:12-24, Matt 26:57).

They questioned Jesus about His doctrine.

“I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple. I have said nothing in secret.”

When Jesus had said these things, one of the officers struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?” Jesus said, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?" (John 18:23)

High priest Caiaphas questioned Jesus again. “Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”

Jesus replied, “I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “What further need do we have of witnesses?” When Jesus was asked concerning Himself, He looked right into the face of the high priest (Matt 26:63-64).

Second interrogation came. “Do your twelve disciples still believe you? Are they still with You?”

Jesus, who had been looking him squarely in the eye, drooped His head sadly. God of the truth could not lie. He could not raise up His head.

He did not answer because all disciples had fled and betrayed Him. How could He say anything?

What about us today?

This Passion Week, are you following the Lord longingly to understand His Word and fathom His heart?

Back then, Jesus could not raise His head because His disciples had fled Him. But, today, I pray in the name of the Lord that we will look right into Satan’s face and say, “Yes! I follow Jesus!”

May you therefore receive the promised inheritance of the glorious throne in heaven!


Based on Rev. Abraham Park's sermon on April 1998

Created By
Shiloh International Missions


Created with images by Robert Nyman - "Christ the Redeemer" • Daniel Curran - "untitled image" • Ben White - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image"