Much has been said and written in recent months about Second Amendment rights, and there are strong opinions on both sides of the argument, so it has become frequent fodder for the news cycle. But there is another amendment to our constitution that I’m focused on today and it is often quoted too, or at lease pieces of it are.
The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, ratified in 1791, created several rights and protections for citizens in both civil and criminal matters. In criminal matters, the Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to a grand jury, forbids double jeopardy, and protects against self-incrimination. It also requires that due process of law be part of any proceeding that denies a citizen life, liberty, or property.
The rights we are afforded and guaranteed under the Constitution in America, are not equally well protected in other parts of the world today, and they certainly were not guarded in antiquity. In fact, throughout history it was not uncommon for someone to be tried multiple times for the same crime, until a guilty verdict and conviction was ultimately achieved.
Such is the case in our focal passage today. Jesus, illegally arrested and arraigned by Jewish leaders, now stands trial for His accused crimes. Not once, but twice in fact. Each time His accusers vehemently make their case of indictment and vociferously argue for a guilty verdict. Twice they are thwarted in their attempts, but not in a way that you might imagine. And, you might even be surprised to know that a bit of political power brokering happens amid the trials.
Between all the subterfuge, betrayal, false accusations, witness tampering, buck passing, and yes even power-brokering, you might expect the accused would go free, even without fifth amendment protections. But no, that is not the plan.
How do a bunch of vile, hate-filled, blood-thirsty antagonists and two corrupt and inept political leaders fit into the grand scheme of God’s plan? How does the verdict of the two manipulative and self-aggrandizing judges fit into the puzzle? Join us for the discussion and find out.
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Blessings to you all, in Christ!