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Jesus is led to Annas, then to High Priest Caiaphas. The Sanhedrin holds an illegal trial. What does Jesus say when asked if he is the Son of God?. When Asked if he is the deliverer, Jesus replies that he is, which bring the and that charges of a definite nature regarding Jesus' relation to the Roman law and. Jesus Before the Sanhedrin - They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together.
That he taught them impossible things and otherwise deceived them.
That he was a fanatical revolutionist in that he advocated laying violent hands on the sacred temple, else how could he destroy it? That he taught magic inasmuch as he promised to build a new temple, and that without hands. They knew that they must secure the consent of the Roman governor before Jesus could legally be put to death. And Annas was minded to proceed along the line of making it appear that Jesus was a dangerous teacher to be abroad among the people. He thought he knew at least one way in which the prisoner might be induced to speak.
Accordingly, he rushed over to the side of Jesus and, shaking his accusing finger in the Master's face, said: Soon I go to the Father, and presently shall the Son of Man be clothed with power and once more reign over the hosts of heaven.
Behold, now have you all heard this man's blasphemy. What do you now think should be done with this lawbreaker and blasphemer? When asked if he were the Son of God, he instantly and unequivocally answered in the affirmative. Jesus was causing trouble in Jerusalem.
Joseph of Arimathea
He was a known rebel and he was endangering public peace at a time when large and volatile crowds were thronging the city. It was entirely reasonable to arrest him.
The rigged trial At this point Caiaphas crossed to the wrong side of the law. He rigged the trial. Caiaphas took on the usually incompatible roles of chief judge and prosecuting lawyer. Scholars know the rules that applied to Jewish trials at that period and the trial of Jesus broke many of those rules: It was at night - Jewish trials had to take place during the day It took place on a feast day - this was not allowed It took place in Caiaphas's house - it should have been conducted in the council chamber The trial went wrong for Caiaphas.
He needed to prove that Jesus had threatened to destroy the Temple, which would have been both treason and an offence against God. But the witnesses couldn't agree on what Jesus had said.
So that charge failed. Caiaphas decided to see if he could induce Jesus to utter blasphemy.
Are you The Messiah? Caiaphas announces that Jesus has spoken blasphemy. The rest of the Court agree. Jesus deserves the death sentence. Just one problem; the court didn't have the power to execute people.
And that's where the Romans come into the story. Actually, there are two problems: Caiaphas's fate Caiaphas was removed from office soon after the death of Jesus and lived quietly on his farm near Galilee.
Pilate was the Governor of Judea, a province of the Roman Empire. He had 6, crack troops with him and 30, more on call in nearby Syria. Pilate was effectively a dictator; so long as he kept Rome happy, he had absolute power, including power of life and death. The case against Pilate is that he found Jesus not guilty, but had him executed in order to keep the peace.
The two Pilates We don't know what Pilate was like.
Joseph of Arimathea
The Bible story paints him as a weak but innocent man who didn't want to execute a man he believed innocent, but who gave in to political pressure. Philo, writing at the time, said that Pilate was calculating, cruel and brutal.
He probably had a typical Roman's disdain for any other culture, thinking the Jews not nearly as civilised as the Romans. Pilate was well known for having executed prisoners even without trial, so it would not be out of character for him to be responsible for killing Jesus.
What were Pilate's motives?
Pilate was desperate to keep the peace. His career in the Roman Empire depended on his running the province smoothly and efficiently. He had 6, soldiers on hand to keep the peace in a city bulging with 2.
The religious authorities, whose cooperation he needed for a quiet life, wanted him to execute Jesus and there was an angry mob baying for Jesus' blood. To release Jesus would have been likely to cause a riot; Pilate could have lost control of the city, and possibly the province.
Pilate sacrificed Jesus to preserve Roman rule and his own career. Passover No matter how little he thought of the people of Judea, Pilate could not get out of attending the major festival of Passover. The message of Passover was one that was certain to unsettle anyone who was trying to keep the Jewish people under their thumb, for it celebrated the time when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt into the Holy Land, shaking off foreign oppression.
So it's no accident that nearly all of the riots that we hear about in the first century took place at Passover. Pilate would have been anxious about any possibility of trouble breaking out, particularly trouble near the Temple, the heart of the Jewish community.
This is significant in and of itself. Joseph of Arimathea, not Mary Jesus' mother, not Mary Magdalene, or any of the apostles were entrusted with the act of taking Jesus down from the cross.
Most of the apostles had fled anyway. Joseph took the body and put it in his own tomb. According to various historical sources, Joseph's actions provoked both the Roman and Jewish elders and he eventually did spend time in prison for his support of Jesus. At Marseilles, Lazarus and Mary parted company with the main group who continued on further up North.
Legend has it that Joseph sailed around Land's End at the southern tip of England with the intent of catching up with old business acquaintances in the lead and tin mines. They ran aground in the Glastonbury marshes. Once again, it is reported that after climbing a nearby hill to survey the countryside, they were exhausted and Joseph thrust into the ground a staff made from the 'Holy Crown of Thorns' worn by Christ.
He announced that he and his traveling companions were all weary.
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It is legendry that the thorn staff immediately took root and the thorn bush can still be seen today on 'Wearyall Hill. It is interesting to note that a spirited shrub which grows near the now ruined Abbey is of the same type that grows in the Eastern Mediterranean and flowers only twice a year - Christmas time and Easter.
The chalice or cup which Joseph used to collect the fluids is reported to be the same one used during the last supper.