Jesus says, “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?” Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. John 18:21-24
Jesus our Lord and Redeemer allows Himself to be subjected to this kind of humiliation and mistreatment. Mosaic Law instructs that no trial may take place at night nor end at night, not be on one day alone, and be without openly heard testimony for the matter of the accused. None of these laws are rightly followed by evil Annas who illegally has our Lord struck. Annas is mislabeled as the ‘high’ priest for he is the lowest of the low and most devious.
Jesus our Lord will be transferred to Caiaphas, the son-in-law of Annas, who will continue this illegal process which Annas has begun. Know that when Jesus took the first blow, and the further suffering He endures to come, that He has your salvation in His mind. He is enduring suffering in order to give you His Presence within your soul as His follower. As the angels cheer Him on, and some weep at the cruelty inflicted on Him, on the third day He accomplishes His purpose in giving you the New Covenant –so the world will understand that Christ’s Love is just, merciful, Holy, and intense.
Now, should you have pain inflicted on you by others, suffering due to some matter that has compromised your health, or prayers with which you have passing thoughts that He has not heard– be assured that He knows, He is acting, and He has got you in His Love. Keep faith in Him and watch closely as He goes to die on the Cross for you and to have victory over all the evil in this world. He is Truth. Ask those who know Him.