John 18:19 The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.
John 18:20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus answered him. “I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews congregate, and I haven’t spoken anything in secret.
John 18:21 Why do you question me? Question those who heard what I told them. Look, they know what I said.”
John 18:22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus, saying, “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”
John 18:23 “If I have spoken wrongly,” Jesus answered him, “give evidence about the wrong; but if rightly, why do you hit me?”
John 18:24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
John’s treatment of this phase of Jesus’ trial ordeal shows that it is all a kangaroo court. That phrase is defined as “an unofficial court held by a group of people in order to try someone regarded, especially without good evidence, as guilty of a crime or misdemeanor.” … Except that it was not unofficial, and Jesus was not being tried for just a crime. He was being tried because he had been chosen as the scapegoat.
But behind this conspiracy there was another conspiracy. It was a conspiracy begun before time began. God chose for his Son to be wronged and face an undeserved punishment in order to rescue his lost children. For those purposes, it was necessary for Christ to be convicted even though there was no valid evidence against him.
Even today, many condemn Jesus and his followers for wrongs that have not been committed. Societies may choose to praise him or curse him. Often, either choice is a whim, based on the emotion of the hour.
Lord, give us the courage to stand for your truth, even if our culture chooses to condemn it.