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.”
64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.
67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?” Matthew 26:53-58
I’ve always felt pity for the people who mocked Jesus and struck him like this. It’s always pitiable when a defenseless person is being bullied and abused with no visible means of defending himself. Now, we all know that Jesus could have put up a bigger fight and had swarms of angels obliterate everyone within a hundred feet of him, but He didn’t. He knew what He needed to do. Still, the guards realized seconds after their death the errors of their ways. They hit the Son of God. That’s not going to go over well with the Father!
Avowed atheists tell us they know exactly what they’re doing. Later in the crucifixion story, Jesus would say to his accusers, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34. To the atheists, then, they really don’t know what they’re doing. They think they have it all figured out and will tell you so. An eternity awaits them that they weren’t counting on.
Similarly, these people who mocked our Lord really didn’t know what they were doing. Yes, they will be held accountable, but they were confused about right and wrong. Someone had told them that Jesus was a terrible man.
We all know people who are confused about right and wrong, up and down, in and out. The same people who accuse others of being “science-deniers” will swear up and down there are more than two sexes and no one can know when life begins.
Still, we pray that God will reveal Himself in any number of ways in that person’s life. God knows best how to touch people.