During preparation for a particular Passover in Jerusalem, Jesus as he had predicted to his disciples was arrested by synagogue officials led by Judas Iscariot. Bound, he was taken to Annas, the former High Priest for questioning about his disciples and his teaching.
Jesus responded to his inquisitor by telling them that he had spoken openly in the synagogue or temples where all Jews listened to him. He in turn told the inquisitor …Ask those who heard me. One of the officials slapped Jesus in the face with a demand ‘is this the way you answer the high priest?’
Jesus addressed him and said ‘If I said something wrong, testify as to what is wrong. But, if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?’ A high level of intense suffering awaited Jesus Christ and he knew what he was yet to go through; but still he maintained his boldness in the face of intimidation.
Followers of Jesus Christ, just as Christ knew his destiny; so do we know what lies ahead of us, for the Word of God forewarns believers. In John 15:20 Jesus says, “Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his Master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also….” And yet again in 2 Timothy 3:12 we are reminded that “in fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted….”
This Easter Season we are reminded that each one of us is called ‘because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps…..When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead he entrusted himself to him who Judges justly.”1 Peter 2:21,23.
May the Lord God enable us to follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ.