Summary: The Holy God faces an unjust trial that purchases our justification! Jesus is the Lamb of God.

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Holiness on trial. Lk22:66-23:25. NWCC 13 March 2005

The Call to Worship had just been pronounced starting Easter Sunday Morning service in an East Texas church. The choir started its processional, singing "Up from the Grave He Arose" as they marched in perfect step down the centre aisle to the front of the church. The last lady was wearing shoes with very slender heels. Without a thought for her fancy heels, she marched toward the grating that covered that hot air register in the middle of the aisle. Suddenly the heel of one shoe sank into the hole in the register grate. In a flash she realized her predicament. Not wishing to hold up the whole processional, without missing a step, she slipped her foot out of her shoe and continued marching down the aisle. There wasn’t a hitch. The processional moved with clock-like precision. The first man after her spotted the situation and without losing a step, reached down and pulled up her shoe, but the entire grate came with it! Surprised, but still singing, the man kept on going down the aisle, holding in his hand the grate with the shoe attached. Everything still moved like clockwork. Still in tune and still in step, the next man in line stepped into the open register and disappeared from sight. The service took on a special meaning that Sunday, for just as the choir ended with "Alleluia! Christ arose!" a voice was heard under the church shouting..."I hope all of you are out of the way ’cause I’m coming out now!" The little girl closest to the aisle shouted, "Come on, Jesus! We’ll stay out of the way."

Contributed by: Bob Hager on


But here we are before Easter day. In the dark time. With Jesus on trial

- the one who will judge the world, being judged

- the one who will judge in justice standing before two cowardly judges and a prejudiced council

The ironies and contrasts are striking!

An unjust system convicts the one who is holy

- and… but… in God’s justice and plan… this INJUSTICE purchases our pardon!

- Jesus stands in an unjust court and gets injustice

- We shall stand in a just court and get what we don’t deserve, as well

o We shall be ’justified’

o And the legal basis for that pardon comes from here

" … from this travesty of justice

Is 53:8 "By oppression and judgement He was taken away"

- but do you see how big God’s plans are?

- NONE of this was a mistake


There wasn’t a second when the Father was out of control… nor the Son out of control

- there were times of agony and doubt

o real anguish. Being cut off from His Father

But the plans and purposes for man’s salvation were being worked out

- the plans for the ’lamb slain before the foundation of the world’

It’s evident in Jesus’ silence. (and speech, too)

- HE is in control!

- The man who had walked right through the crowd in Lk 4… was still in control, here

You can sense it in the frustration of Pilate:

JN 19:8 "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 "Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"

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