The Judiciary Act of 1789 was passed by Congress and signed by President Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement. This court grew into the most important judicial body in the world in terms of its central place in the American political order. In times of constitutional crisis, the nation’s highest court has always played a definitive role in resolving, for better or worse, the great issues of the time.
Naturally, if the Son of God was to be put on trial, he would be worthy of the highest court. Instead, he got Caiaphas, a corrupt high priest who succeeded his more corrupt father-in-law, Annas.
After a slew of false witnesses couldn’t collaborate their stories, Caiaphas pulled his last card: “The high priest said to him, ‘I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’ ‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied” (Matthew 26:63,64). Irony of ironies, Jesus was and is the Son of God, and his very confession is what convicted him.
Okay, our turn. Our trial is coming on the Last Day, when all our sins will be exposed. What will our plea be? Not Guilty. Huh? Friends, that is the beauty of the cross. What laws did Jesus break? None. By faith the Father credits Jesus’ perfection to us. Because Christ paid the price, we leave the judgment day courtroom of the Judge not guilty and free!