Rather than listening to Jesus while seeking to discern God’s voice in the things He said, the scribes, elders, Pharisees and Sadducees put Jesus on trial – seeking to demonstrate He was not Who He said He was.
It is difficult to argue with God – and impossible to prove God is not Who He says He is.
Yet people have always tried. While many may sense some degree of success in arguing with an invisible God, the task is made insurmountable by God in flesh.
We have understood Jesus is our Passover Lamb – slain since the foundation of the world.
Jesus on trial fits that scenario perfectly.
In the Book of Exodus, the prescription for the Passover lamb was that it be brought into the house on the 10th day of Nisan, the beginning of months. The lamb was kept in the home for four days of inspection to determine the worthiness of the lamb being offered. (The lamb would be inspected to determine it was without spot and without blemish.)
On the 14th day of Nisan, the lamb was to be slaughtered and completely consumed, its blood marking the lintels and doorposts of the homes of those who had partaken of the Passover lamb and removed the leaven from their homes. The Death Angel ‘passed over’ every home marked by the blood of the lamb slain. All the firstborn in the land of Egypt whose homes were not so-marked died.
It was then the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt began. The Jews were expelled from the land and scattered into the desert – heading for the Promised Land.
In the same way, Jesus entered Jerusalem on the 10th day of Nisan, and was inspected and found to be without spot or blemish by all who examined Him. He was found to be perfect. On the 14th day of Nisan, He was crucified – The Lamb slain to save us from our sins.
Following His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, Jesus’ disciples were scattered throughout the known world, and the Church Age began. An ‘exodus’ from the slavery of religion.