Category Archives: Holy week

The First Trial (around 3 AM)

John 18:13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.  14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

 

Annas was father-in-law to Caiaphas, the high priest.  They brought Jesus to Annas first from the garden.  Annas was to get him ready to go to the high priest.  There was no doubt Annas saw Jesus as guilty of something, because He didn’t have Him very long.  We do not even have any recorded question that were asked by Annas.  He simply held Him until Caiaphas and the council were ready for Him.

Waiting is no fun.  At the doctor’s office, I quite often have to wait, and I just want to get everything done and over with.  But these offices don’t call you patients for nothing!  It is important for us to be patient at all times.  Jesus knew what was coming, yet was patient enough to wait for each step to unfold.  Let’s make sure we display that kind of patience when facing difficult times, or people who are our to get us.

Sixth Trial – Pilate (7:30 AM)

Luke 23:13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,  14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:  15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.  16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.  17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)  18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:    (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)  20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.  21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.  22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.  23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

Pilate was indignant that they brought Jesus back to Him again.  He had found no fault in Him, Herod had passed on Him, and now he was back.  Pilate wanted to let Him go, but the people started shouting to be given Barabbas instead.  Every year at Passover one prisoner was released.  Pilate was shocked they would rather have Barabbas than Jesus, but He was in charge of making sure the peace was kept, and was afraid a riot might break out if he defied the crowd.  When he asked the crowd what he should be with Jesus, they cried crucify him over and over, at the urging of the priests and scribes.  No one wanted to cross them.  Pilate finally signed His death warrant.

Are you one that goes along with the crowd?  When I read stories in the bible, I try to put myself at the scene, at the time.  It is easy to look with hindsight, but I try to be at the scene when it happens and decide what I would do.  Four days earlier, they had hailed His entrance to the city as the coming Messiah.  Now they are issuing Him a death sentence.  This shows the power the scribes and pharisees had over the people.  Plus the fact that the last few days, he has preached some messages that really turned a lot of people off!  I think it would have been very hard to go against the religious leaders.  I probably would have gone with the crowd at that time.

But the crowd today is headed for the wide gate that leads to destruction.  Many, even in the church, are not committed to Christ.  They are just coasting along, depending on one prayer they said when they were kids.  Even Jesus said not every one who calls Him Lord does He know.  He only knows those who are doing His will today!  Let’s be about doing His business every day, and make heaven our home.  Stop being part of the crowd.

Fifth Trial; Herod (7 AM)

When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.  And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.  And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.  Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.  10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.  11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.  12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Herod was thrilled Jesus was coming to visit.  He had heard so many great stories about Him, and was hoping He would “perform” some miracle for him.  But when Jesus came, He would not say a word to Herod.  The priests and scribes just continually accused Him, but Jesus sad nothing at all.  Herod was disgusted with Him and had His men mock Him and the sent Him back to Pilate.

To stand firm when all around you is falling apart is indeed a great attribute.  Jesus was strong in the face of the worst adversity.  Am I?  When things are going wrong, am I someone my friends and family can lean on, knowing I will be strength for them?  Will I stand strong in the worst adversity, and will I be able to hold their hand through the trial?  I pray that I will be.  I pray I will have the strength Jesus did when He faced all these people accusing Him.  I pray I have the words to pick others up when they are down.  I pray I can be their strength when their strength is gone.  I pray Jesus will flow through me to them!

Fourth Trial- Pilate (6:30)

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.  29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?  30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.  31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:  32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.  33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Pilate was he Roman procurator of Israel.  He was the end of the law, and the Sanhedrin would have to go through him for Jesus to be put to death.  Pilate has an interesting conversation with Jesus about the kingdom, and about whether Jesus is the King the Jews say He claimed to be.  As usual, Jesus does not give a straightforward answer, but let’s Pilate know that even if He told him the truth, he would not believe it.  Then Pilate asks the question that transcends time.  “What is truth?”.  He finds no fault in Jesus and sends Him back to Herod.

Today, we are so inundated with information that it’s impossible to know what is truth and what is not.  The media is continually blamed for fake news on both sides, and we don’t know which sources to turn to to find out the real story.  But there is one truth we can depend on.  That is the Bible, and the words of Jesus.  These words will never cease to be true.  They are a standard we can depend on in good times and bad.  These words will always remain a standard that is far above anything this earth can boast of.  It is a weapon against the enemy of our souls.  It is a two edged sword that will search our souls and bring us to a closer relationship with God.  It is a lamp to guide our feet through life.

Truth may be hard to find in this world, but the word of God is never hard to find.  II pray that you read this truth regularly, and that you place your trust in it.

The Rooster Crows

Mark 14:70 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.  71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.  72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

This is one of the more familiar stories during the trials.  Peter was told by Jesus  that he would deny he knew Jesus three times before the rooster crowed in the morning,  of course Peter said there was no way that would happen.  But it did.  Under intense pressure, he folded.  Would I have done better?  I’m really not sure.  Of, it’s easy for me to say I would have!  But when I really think about it, I may have done what my namesake did – hide.

Peter was not usually afraid of anything, bit He was afraid of the high council and what they could do to him.  He was lingering outside the palace hoping they would let Jesus go, and three times people said they had seen him with Jesus, and three times he denied it  If I had been him that day, I may have done the same thing..  It was a very scary situation, and I’m sure Peter was worried for his own life.  Once the rooster crowed, Peter realized what had just happened, and he went to a solitary place and wept.

There will come a day when we have to stand in the face of death and denounce Christ or die.  I believe I am ready for that day.  I pray I don’t have to face it though.  There are missionaries out there who are being killed because of their confession of faith, and they do not deny Him.  I pray God will give me the strength and the courage to stand when  I need to stand!