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by Wayne Blank
"Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter followed Him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end." (Matthew 26:57-58 RSV).
Although many have made much of the injustice of how Jesus Christ was brutally treated and executed by corrupt officials (religious and political), justice was still done in that case exactly as God intended. The Messiah's mission was entirely a pre-destined matter of the sin-free Son of God paying the death penalty for the truly guilty - you, and me, and every other human that has ever, or will ever, live. Jesus Christ was the only human that could ever be without sin; anyone else who claims to be sinless is a liar (1 John 1:8). If He had been guilty of anything, He would not be qualified to be the Messiah, and if He had not been condemned as an innocent man in the eyes of God (see Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?), the world would still be without a Savior. Despite the horrible injustice for one man, justice was done for all humanity.
Courts Of The Bible
"You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side; their pillars shall be twenty and their bases twenty, of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. And likewise for its length on the north side there shall be hangings a hundred cubits long, their pillars twenty and their bases twenty, of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. And for the breadth of the court on the west side there shall be hangings for fifty cubits, with ten pillars and ten bases. The breadth of the court on the front to the east shall be fifty cubits." (Exodus 27:9-13 RSV)
In one of the most well-known incidents of the Bible, it was in the court of the Temple in Jerusalem (some versions of the Bible render it merely as "the Temple") where Joseph and Mary found the missing 12 year old Jesus teaching, much to the amazement of the elder teachers, and years later, after His ministry fully began, He again taught in the same Temple courts, but then often much to the opposition of the chief priests and the scribes who later condemned Him to death:
"After three days they found Him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for You anxiously." And He said to them, "How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father's House?" (Luke 2:46-49 RSV)
Fact Finder: Revelation 20:11-15 describes the Judgment after the 1,000 years after The Return Of Jesus Christ have ended. But not all people will be Judged by God then. How do we know that?