Friday of the Final Week


Friday Several Hours Before Dawn

Judas knew where Jesus usually went to pray. He took a band of men (Six hundred Roman Solders) and officer's from the chief priests and Pharisees, and some of the high priest's servants to find Jesus (John 18:3, 10). Luke tells us there were other's present to, some of the chief priests, captains of the temple, and elders or members of the Sanhedrin were present (Luke 22:52). Judas led this group to Jesus and he had made a pre-arranged signal that the one he kissed is the one they should arrest. When they came upon Jesus Judas gave Him a kiss. Jesus asked whom they were seeking. They said Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus replied that He was Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus said this they fell backward to the ground. Then when they came forward Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest's servant. Jesus then healed the ear of the servant which was the last miracle He performed before going to the cross. Jesus let His disciples know that He had came into the world to die for the sins of all mankind. They took Jesus bound Him and took Him to the high priest (Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-12).


Friday before dawn

Jesus was now subjected to six trails, the first three trials were religious trails, while the last three were civil trials.

They first took Jesus to Annas with no formal indictment. Annas was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who had given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people (John 18:12-14). They asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. Jesus told them He had spoken openly to the world and that He had never said anything in secret. Jesus asked them why they ask Him to ask those that. One of the officers then struck Jesus with the palm of his hand (John 18:12-14, 19-23).

For the second trail they took Jesus to the house of Caiaphas, the high priest, and there were several chief priests, elders, and scribes gathered there. False witnesses were brought in to accuse Him of things worthy of death, but they failed to agree. Jesus was asked if He was the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus said yes. The high priest called this blasphemy, and they all condemned Him to death (Mark 14:53-64).

Friday Before and About Dawn

The elders of the people, the chief priests and the scribes came together and led Jesus into their council. The high priest convened the Sanhedrin and again asked Jesus if He was Christ. He said if I tell you, He told them, they wouldn't believe Him. They then asked Him if he was the Son of God. Jesus said, "You say that I am". The Sanhedrin then found Him guilty of blasphemy because He said that He was the Christ, the Son of God (Luke 22:66-71; Mark 14:53-65; Matthew 27:1; John 18:24).

They arose and led Jesus to Pilate for His fourth trail. They accused Him of perverting the nation, forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King. Pilate asked Him if He was the King of the Jews. Jesus said He was the King of the Jews, but His kingdom is not of this world. Pilate found no fault in Him, judged Him not guilty. The multitude were then upset and Pilate found that Jesus was a Gallilaean. Herod had jurisdiction over Galilee, so he sent Jesus to Herod (Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-38; Mark 15:1-5; Matthew 27:2, 11-14).

This is the fifth trail, and before Herod the Jews accuse Jesus of many things, and questioned Him in many words, but Jesus remained silent. The soldiers mocked Jesus when He would not answer Herod, and then arrayed Him in a purple robe and sent Him back to Pilate (Luke 23:6-12).

In this, the sixth trail, Jesus is taken back to Pilate. Pilate's wife had warned him to have nothing to do with that righteous man. When Pilate had gathered the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, he told them that he had examined Jesus and found no fault in Him. He continued, saying neither had Herod found anything in Him warranting death. Pilate said he would chastise Jesus and release Him, but then the people cried out for Pilate to crucify Him. Pilate wanted to know for what cause He should be crucified. The Jews also told Pilate that they had a law that He should die because He made Himself the Son of God. Pilate then became frightened and wanted to release Jesus. The Jews told him if he let Jesus go he was not Caesar's friend for whosoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar. Pilate reminded them of the custom of releasing a prisoner to them at the passover but rather than Jesus they asked for Barabbas, a robber, to be released. Then Pilate released Jesus to them to be crucified and they took Jesus, and led Him away.


Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

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