Day 73: Deuteronomy 23-25; Mark 14:53-72

"For many were giving false testimony against him, and the testimonies did not agree." (Mark 14:56, CSB).

Do you remember our conversation about witnesses from two days ago? If those who were so committed to the letter of the law, i.e. the Scribes and Pharisees, kept the whole counsel of the law, they would have crucified those false witnesses along with Jesus. Truth be told, they were violating the law themselves with this unjustified trial (there were so many issues with what they were doing, let alone the time of day...trials were to be held in broad daylight where everything could be seen and heard, yet here it was night time). It is amazing what can be justified in the name of religion and 'truth.' People will spare no expense to get the outcome they want. In the end, Truth always prevails. Jesus chose the cross. No power on earth, no power in hell, could have nailed Him to it and kept Him there if He, Himself, had not willingly endured every injustice that put Him there. In the end, He chose the punishment those liars, and power-mongers, and hypocrites deserved. And, yes, thank God, He took my place and yours, for the list of sins that nailed Him there includes yours and mine. He chose the cross so that we might live eternally. Thanks be to God for His indescribable, unmerited gift!

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24, CSB).

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