Luke 22: 54- ch 23: 25 An Interminable Trial!

Passages Taken from the Holy Bible ESV translation.

This is such a long day that I will just print a few sentences to get the picture.

  • vs 54&60 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance…..But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
  • v 63-65 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
  • v 70&71 So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”
  • ch23 v1 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate…..v7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time…..v11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.
  • vv between 13 & 25: Pilate…..I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him…..I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him…..he delivered Jesus over to their will….

Trying to keep the reading fairly short I have selected verses to make a summary of events. I will print the whole passage at the end so that you can easily read it if you desire. I will deal with the crucifixion tomorrow, although it happened this afternoon.

Comment: By Jewish law the trial was illegal as to the time it was held and the circumstances in the court room. On a charge of blasphemy (He acknowledged that He was the Son of God) and they desirous of His death on a cross (only permitted by the Romans) Jesus was taken before Pilate, the Roman Governor. Pilate found Jesus not guilty but because of the Jews insistence that he make a guilty decision he sent Jesus to Herod for a second opinion. Herod was evil and weak. Still without a guilty decision Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate, who after being threatened to have himself reported to Caesar, gave Him up to be crucified. Pilate already had problems with Caesar.

The next day was the Sabbath and very quiet with Jesus dead, lying in a borrowed tomb. But at the end of all this Jesus mocked, whipped, beaten, exhausted is directed to a hill outside the city and goes carrying the cross on which he will be hung. I will deal with the actual death tomorrow

Prayer: Help me to get a clear picture of what is happening here. Please….

The whole passage from Luke. You might like to get a Bible and read the reports from the other books. They don’t contradict each other but give additional details. Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus Is Mocked
Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
Jesus Before the Council
When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”
Jesus Before Pilate
Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”
Jesus Before Herod
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. I will therefore punish and release him.”
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

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