Easter Supper – The Trial of Jesus

The Trial of Jesus

Betrayal and rejection from those who were close to him were not the only things Jesus faced that night. He was also subjected to rigged trials to determine his guilt or innocence. In this case, the Jewish religious leaders were desperately searching for a way to have you killed. Jesus knew that the religious leaders had already made up their minds. They are not really interested in who He was. They are not interested in finding the truth or ensuring justice is done.

Not only were the Jewish religious leaders creating a mockery of their own justice system, but they manipulated the Roman system and the crowds to get what they wanted. Deep down, they knew, as Pilate soon realized, that their real issue with Jesus was envy and jealousy. Unless they could stir up the crowd and force Pilate’s hand, they wouldn’t get want they wanted. So, they brought Jesus before Pilate. They continued their verbal assault, hurling accusations at Jesus. They whipped the crowd into a frenzy and forced Pilate to go along with them. Pilate knew it was wrong, but went along with it anyway. Pilate even tried to deny any responsibility for what he had done, by washing his hands of the affair.

Matthew 26:57, 59-66

57-58 The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard. Then he slipped in and mingled with the servants, watching to see how things would turn out.

59-60 The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to cook up charges against Jesus in order to sentence him to death. But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable.

60-61 Finally two men came forward with this: “He said, ‘I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.’”

62 The Chief Priest stood up and said, “What do you have to say to the accusation?”

63 Jesus kept silent.

Then the Chief Priest said, “I command you by the authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

64 Jesus was curt: “You yourself said it. And that’s not all. Soon you’ll see it for yourself:

The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One,
Arriving on the clouds of heaven.”

65-66 At that, the Chief Priest lost his temper, ripping his robes, yelling, “He blasphemed! Why do we need witnesses to accuse him? You all heard him blaspheme! Are you going to stand for such blasphemy?”

They all said, “Death! That seals his death sentence.”