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Gospel of Luke Chapter 22:54-23:25 Summary Trials and Verdicts
While Peter's following Jesus to the high priest's residence, he manages to fulfill Jesus's prophecy to the T. He denies knowing Jesus three times… and then a cock crows. Ta-da! Meanwhile, the agents who arrested Jesus are mocking and bullying him. They blindfold him, punch him, and demand that he use his prophetic powers to divulge who smacked him. First thing the next day some pretty powerful highbrows convene and request Jesus's presence. They ask Jesus to tell them point blank whether he's the Messiah. Jesus can tell them, but they won't believe him. So why should he bother? If Jesus asks them what they think, they won't answer. He knows from experience. So what's the point? Jesus does say that the Son of Man is going to be God's right-hand man. Is he claiming that he's the Son of God? "Your words, not mine" is basically Jesus's response. The highbrows don't need any more evidence. This is as good as a confession in their view. They send Jesus over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who has the power in this situation. Pilate can't really tell what Jesus has done wrong. He sends him off to Herod, who happens to be in Jerusalem for the festival, and Herod is really psyched to finally see a miracle. Jesus won't humor him, so Herod dresses him up as a king in a fancy robe and sends him back to Pilate. It's all about humiliation, apparently. Pilate appreciates Herod's joke and decides he's not a bad guy. Both Pilate and Herod agree that Jesus is—wait for it— not guilty. And that's the end of the gospel. Oh wait, not at all. The crowds keep protesting no matter how much Pilate fights back. And eventually, the guy gives in and "delivered Jesus to their will" (23:25 KJV). So even though Pilate doled out the final decision, it's pretty clear that the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the Jewish leaders and people.
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