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The Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus Christ (1 of 3)
Series: The Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus Christ
We have seen that Pilate has sentenced Jesus to death. The Jewish charge against our Lord was blasphemy, and the Roman charge is treason. Jesus was condemned without sufficient evidence of the charges that were made against Him. Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane early on Friday Morning, and now He has been up all night being abused at the hands of these wicked religious rulers and priests. The disciples have forsook Him and fled. Judas has sold out the Lord for thirty pieces of silver. Peter denied the Lord three times. These religious leaders are so jealous of Jesus, and yet Jesus came to help them, just as He came to help you and me!
Jesus was brought before the father in law to the high priest, and that being Annas. After Annas examined Jesus, He was sent to the acting high priest who was a man by the name of Caiaphas. He asked Jesus if He was the Christ, and Jesus said that the day would come when He would see Him in all of His glory. The High priest tore his garment and said that Jesus had committed blasphemy. He pronounced Jesus guilty, and sent Jesus to Pilate to crucify Him. Pilate examined Jesus, and realized that He was innocent of all charges that had been made of Him by the Jews. Pilate tried three times to release Jesus, but all to no avail. The Jews cried out that His blood was to be upon them, and their children, and they have been paying for that every since.
Pilate tried to get out of his responsibility by sending Jesus to Herod, who ruled over the jurisdiction of Galilee, and yet Herod only mocked Jesus, and sent Him back to Pilate. Pilate's wife had also warned her husband not to have anything to do with this just man, for He was righteous. Pilate tries in desperation to offer the release of one prisoner, which was customary at the Passover celebration, and the Jews ...
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