Jesus has been arrested. He is brought before the religious elites.
The Jewish leaders are going to convict Him. The Romans are going to crucify Him. It has all been planned out. They can’t have King Jesus continue to disrupt things and make them look silly.
Annas interrogated Jesus regarding his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered, “I’ve spoken openly in public. I’ve taught regularly in meeting places and the Temple, where the Jews all come together. Everything has been out in the open. I’ve said nothing in secret. So why are you treating me like a conspirator? Question those who have been listening to me. They know well what I have said. My teachings have all been aboveboard.”
When he said this, one of the policemen standing there slapped Jesus across the face, saying, “How dare you speak to the Chief Priest like that!”
Jesus replied, “If I’ve said something wrong, prove it. But if I’ve spoken the plain truth, why this slapping around?” | John 18:19-23
The police slap Jesus. Jesus does what He asked us to do. Jesus doesn’t retaliate. Jesus turns the other cheek.
It will get slapped and more.
I need to pay attention to how Jesus handled all of this. Persecution is real and it may be coming my way. Jesus said it is true. Jesus said I would be happy if it happens.
Am I ready?