John 18.12-14 cont.
12 Then the cohort and the commander and the servants of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.
13 And they firstly brought (him) to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest for that year.
14 Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was better for one man to die on behalf of the people.
In our modern society judge and jury are duty bound to be impartial. They must not be partial to either the prosecution or the defence. Any personal preference and prejudices they may have must be left at the court room door.
British justice is built upon impartiality. Like all justice systems there may be times when that impartially is not seen.
When Jesus came before Annas, and then Caiaphas He was not coming to an impartial court.
Verse 4 tells us that Caiaphas was already prejudiced against Jesus, since he had already told the Sanhedrin that it would be beneficial for the nation if Jesus was to die. By which he meant that Jesus should be killed in order to prevent any supposed unrest against the Romans:
49 Now one of them, Caiaphas, being the high priest for that year, said to them: “You don’t know anything.”
50 Neither do you consider that it is better for us that one man should die on behalf of the people so that not all of the nation should perish – John 11.49-50
It is clear from these two verses that Caiaphas had already made up his mind as to what should happen to Jesus. He was prejudiced against Jesus.
Prejudice is an ugly thing, since it is an unfavourable opinion that is formed before the facts are fully known. It is often not based in reason and truth, but on personal feelings and attitudes.
God’s word tells us:
He who answers before listening — that is his folly and his shame – Proverbs 18.13 (NIV).
The first to speak in court sounds right, until the cross-examination begins – Proverbs 18.17 (NLT).
In our humanity we are prone to judge a book by its’ cover, or even without seeing the cover. In other words we are prone to make judgements before we know hardly anything about the situation.
Our aim must always be to see people as Jesus sees them. He sees us all as objects of His love, therefore, He died to rescue us from our sins and to deliver us from death into His glorious eternal life.