Luke 22:63-23:17 Innocence and Injustice

Today’s sermon was a great reminder by Andrew Purchase on the extent of injustice Jesus suffered at the hands of the religious and political rulers of His day, for us.

This text’s observation is Luke’s succinct record of 4 groups of people expressing their hatred towards our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Soldiers – mocked, beat, and blasphemed him (Luke 22:64-64)
  • Priests – concluded that he was a morally guilty heretical fundamentalist. (Luke 22:71)
  • Pilate concluded that Jesus is a harmless religious nut with illusions of grandeur – Jesus claimed to be the King of Jews when his friend Herod was the real, political King of the Jews of that time. (Luke 23:3)
  • Herod, the political “king of the Jews,” saw Jesus as entertainment but turned out to be a cheap disappointing throw – He did not perform any miracles he had heard about. (Luke 23:8)

They even came up with false evidence to accuse Jesus of something He did not do:

  • They accused Jesus of teaching them not to give tribute to Caesar (Luke 23:2) when He encouraged all to do so in Mark 12:17.
  • They accused Jesus of “stirring up the people” Luke 23:5 when he taught otherwise in Mat 5:35.

But ultimately Jesus was found to be innocent and not guilty by Pilate (Luke 23:4, Luke 23:15)

Purch addressed the question – Why did not Jesus defend himself?

The reason is that His innocence and their injustice were necessary to establish his glory on the cross. In short,

  • They abused their power; He used his power to submit to the cross
  • They acted in their interests, He acted in our interest.
  • They stopped at nothing to torture him; He became nothing for us.
  • They killed God; Jesus was God.
  • He suffered to bring us our salvation.
  • We know we are loved because Jesus did this for us

What can we draw from this text?

  • We all suffer at the hands of injustice one way or another. These experiences, which are universal to all humans, are a taste of what Jesus went through. A perfectly innocent and sinless man suffered at the hands of injustice.
  • Thus, He can empathize with us when we undergo the same. (Heb 4:15)
  • Because of what He has done on the cross
    • We can look towards the cross for the ultimate solution to our sufferings and the healing for these words of condemnation that we hear from others.
    • We need not stoop to do and use such words on others to “get what we want” because we have it all in Christ.
  • For those who do not believe in Jesus Christ, which 4 categories of people do we see ourselves thinking of Jesus? Such is the reflection that we ought to have because throughout the passage, Jesus made only one active comment in verse Luke 22:69 – that he will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. Jesus claims to be truly God and how we answer this question – “Who is Jesus?” Will ultimately determine our destiny.

My application

There is no doubt that I have been accused of things I have not done. Sometimes I feel the condemnation by others, and it affects the other spheres of my life. When such emotions overwhelm me, the simple reason is because I have forgotten what Christ has done for me on the cross. As such, texts like this bring this truth to remembrance and I am strengthened to forgive them and move on in victory, for Christ has won the ultimate battle for me.

On deeper reflection, this text brings to mind episodes in my life that I have done injustice to others. Such I feel a great sense of remorse and regret. It is an encouragement for me to bring these to Him, and knowing that He has reconciled me to Him, I can move on to reconcile these relationships which I am responsible for destroying.


Father, help me apply today’s text in my daily walk, and to comprehend what exactly you went through for us at the cross.


Church: Redemption Hill Church

These notes are a summation of truths taught by the Preacher and my reflections from the sermon. It does not reflect the full message and intention of the Peacher.

Published by mokyingren

Running to Truth.

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