3/22/16 The “Trial”

The soldiers take Jesus to Caiaphas’ mansion.  Annas, Caiaphas’ father-in-law, is there, along with Caiaphas and many from the Sanhedrin.  They have also gathered people who have pledged to testify against Jesus.  John and Peter follow secretly.  John is known by Caiaphas’ guards, and so they let him in, but Peter is left outside the gates until John can convince them to let him in too.  A woman is at the gate with Peter, watching the spectacle, and asks, “Are you one of His disciples too?”  “No,” Peter says curtly, and turns away from her.  Finally, Peter is allowed in and he goes to stand with some of Caiaphas’ guards and servants who are warming themselves before a fire.  One of the guards asks Peter, “Aren’t you one of His disciples?”  Again, Peter says, “No,” and turns away to go and sit by the wall.  Another servant is sitting there, and she asks Peter, “Aren’t you with Him?”  “No!” Peter exclaims, jumping to his feet.  But just as he does this, he hears the crowing of a rooster and remembers Jesus’ words to him at supper earlier that night.  He hangs his head in shame and runs back out through the gate, sobbing.  Annas and Caiaphas begin to question Jesus, asking Him about His apostles and His teachings.  But Jesus simply replies, “You have seen and heard what I have been teaching.  Nothing I have said or done has been hidden.  Ask the people who have come to Me, and you will get the answers you require.”  One of the Temple guards steps forward and hits Jesus in the face with the back of his hand.  “How dare You speak to the High Priest in that way!” he says.  “If I have spoken anything but the truth, it is your burden to prove.  There is no cause to hit Me, since I do speak the Truth,” Jesus replies calmly.  Caiaphas brings out the people to testify against Jesus.  But many contradict each other’s stories, so their testimonies are useless.  Two men finally come and testify that Jesus said He would completely destroy the Temple and then rebuild it in three days.  Caiaphas looks at Jesus and says, “Well?  Don’t You have anything to say for Yourself?”  Jesus simply looks into his eyes, saying nothing.  Caiaphas is seething with fury.  “I demand that You tell Me in plain language – in the Name of Almighty God – are You or are You not the Messiah, God’s Son?”  Jesus stares into his eyes and says, “You have said it.  And at the end of time you will see the Son of Man sitting enthroned at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of glory.”  Caiaphas leaps from his chair and tears his robe in rage.  “You insult Almighty God!  There is no need for testimonies, You have condemned Yourself by Your own words!”  He turns to the members of the Sanhedrin, seated around the room.  “What say you?”  “Guilty!”  “Crucify Him!”  People are all shouting at once, vehemently in favor of putting Jesus to death.  They surround Him and begin to spit in His face, beating Him mercilessly.  One says, mockingly, “Show us You are a true prophet and tell us who just hit You!”

 

Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-65, John 18:12-27

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