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Great Interviews of Jesus (11 of 15)
With a Judge
Clarence E. Macartey
1 Tim. 6:13
He is guilty of death!" That was the verdict brought in by
the council that had tried Jesus before Caiaphas, the high
The priests and the scribes and Pharisees, exulting that
the end of their enemy was at hand, led Jesus bound through
the streets of Jerusalem to the Praetorium, the palace of
the governor. This palace, built by Herod the Great, had a
splendor and magnificence that was in keeping with all the
buildings erected by Herod, famous as a builder as he was
infamous in iniquity. As they passed through the streets of
the city in the early hours of the morning, the word spread
that Jesus had been sentenced to death by the Sanhedrin.
People came out of their homes and joined the procession.
Many pilgrims who had come to Jerusalem for the feast of
the Passover swelled the ranks of the crowd, until when
they arrived at the gates of the palace, there was no small
In his splendid chamber Pilate was asleep on his couch.
Before his door lay a Roman soldier. None could pass into
the chamber of Pilate without disturbing him. In the
hallway outside sentinels marched up and down, and other
soldiers kept their stations at the head and the foot of
the grand stairway. Pilate was taking no chances with
assassination, for he well knew the enmity that the Jews
bore to him for his scornful and ruthless administration.
The officer on watch at the palace, seeing the crowd gather
outside and learning what they wanted, went to the chamber
of Pilate and, awakening him, told him that the Jews had
brought a prisoner and that they were clamoring for
immediate trial. Pilate raised himself on his pillow and
with a look of irritation and contempt on his face cried
out, "These execrable Jews! Would that I could shed the
blood of all of them, as when I mingled the blood of the
Galileans with the blood of t ...
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