The Arrest and Trial of Jesus – Tom Tanner

Mark 14: 53-72

The Trial.  The High Priest asks Jesus to answer his accusers…he doesn’t.  He asks a second time…”are you the Christ?  The Son of God?”  Jesus answers, “I AM. AND YOU WILL SEE THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MIGHTY ONE AND COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”  This answer doesn’t just say I’m sent by God.  It says… I AM GOD.

THE CROSS REVEALS THE GUILT OF THE WORLD.  THE ENTIRE WORLD.  But the cross is not about guilt.  The cross is about REDEMPTION.

The cross doesn’t call us to account…IT SETTLES OUR ACCOUNT.

But LIFE IS FOUND IN RELATIONSHIP.  Paul says that the key to that relationship is CHRIST IN YOU.  THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE.  THE ONLY DIFFERENCE.  Jesus told His disciples that when He was gone back to the Father, He would send them a helper.  THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME TO LIVE IN THEM, AND COMES TO LIVE IN US.  SURRENDER MAKES THE RELATIONSHIP REALITY.  WITH THE BARRIER REMOVED, THE INVITATION IS MADE.  SAY YES TO JESUS.

Don’t just try to live for him.  SURRENDER TO HIM AND ASK HIM TO FILL YOU WITH HIS SPIRIT.