If you are looking for heavy irony, just say, “The trial of the Son of God.” What could be more ironic than putting God Himself on trial? But there was something else going on that night in the irony department:
Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. John 18:28 (ESV)
The Jewish leaders were trying to kill God, but at the same time were worried about eating the Passover with clean hands. It’s enough to make you laugh, if it weren’t so sad. And Jesus Himself actually spoke to this sort of behavior once…
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! Matthew 23:23-24 (ESV)
Legalism is the religion of fools. That’s what the religious leaders were on that night. So, one mark of a legalist is an inability to discern what really matters. They get all bent out of shape regarding minutiae, and they forget about love and justice and the glory of God.
So, what makes you mad? If I bring up sin, what do you think of right away? Jesus condemned all sin, to be sure, but He clearly seemed to think that some sins were worse than others.
Do you think your list matches up to His?
For Thursday, October 29th: John 19