The Trial: A Place of God's Will

O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken? Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, What dark transgression? What punishment so strange is suffered yonder! The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander; The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him, Who would not know Him. —“O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” (LSB 439, vv. 1, 4)

In Luke 22:63–23:25, we have the trial and condemnation of Jesus. At the heart of this scene is the contrast between the changing will of humans, seen in the condemnation of Jesus, and God’s eternal will, seen in the fulfillment of prophecy.

As we meditate on this section of the Passion Narrative, Luke reveals how, in the midst of our changing, sinful human will, God’s eternal saving will is done.

Earlier in Luke, Jesus wept over Jerusalem (19:41–44). He lamented that they were blind to “the things that make for peace” and did not know “the time of your visitation.” The hopes of Israel were being fulfilled in Jesus, even though no one in Israel could see the reign and rule of God that had come in Him.

By grace, we now see the wonderful patience and mercy of God, working for the salvation of people who had turned away from Him. That patience is still present among us today, gathering us as His people around His Word, whereby He reveals His work of salvation until He comes again (2 Peter 3:1–9).

God Bless,

Pastor Joel