Friday, August 01, 2008

Prejudged

The King of Glory stood condemned
Before he spoke a single word.
That guilt was founded not on facts
But on the pride of those who judged.

He chose to not defend himself--
There's no defense before a court
That doesn't want the holy truth
But only thirsts for guilt and blood.

The best an honest man can do, such times,
Is show the evil of the court
And show that if they don't want truth,
He'll never help them in their lies.


    Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.
    Jesus answered, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said."
    When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?"
    Jesus answered, "If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?"
            --John 18:19-23, NRSV

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