Read Luke 22:63-65
Jesus is completely abandoned. The disciples being scattered (best described in Matt 26:56), apart from Peter, who followed Jesus after his arrest, has now also denied Him as predicted (vs 54-60). He has been accused by the priests at a dodgy overnight hearing, as mentioned earlier in the chapter when Jesus is first arrested: “….your hour – when darkness reigns.” (vs 53).
Before Jesus is taken before the authorities, the high priests and Pilate (in chapter 23), Jesus is mocked and beaten (22:63), as if he has already been condemned to death. Whilst being beaten and ridiculed, he was blindfolded (vs 64) and asked to prophesy, mocking his claims of being the Messiah.
Unfortunately, it is the mockers and accusers who are blindfolded to the truth that Jesus is the Messiah that has been proclaimed by the prophets.
By Andrew Griffiths (Gospel Community Vision Coordinator)
- Why do the guards mock and beat Jesus?
- Who do you know that still mocks and insults Jesus? Why do you think they do this?
- How do we take the blindfold off those who ridicule who Jesus is?
- Isaiah 50:6 and Isaiah 52:14 are two prophecies of the beating and mocking of the Christ from 700-681 BC. What are your thoughts regarding these prophecies? Do you think the High Priests accusing Jesus would have understood what they meant?