Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The six trials and the crucifixion.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

The first trial was before Annas, father-in-law to Caiaphas, the high priest, JOH 18:12-14 – it was an illegal trial.

The second trial – Mat 26 – the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death.

PSA 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?

PSA 56:5 All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.

1PE 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

1PE 2:22-23 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

ISA 50:6 I gave My back to those who strike {Me,} And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

They have portrayed a skinny figure with ribs sticking out, scrawny shoulders and bony frame.

Drove – aor-act-ind – exebalen – e*xevbalen = to throw out, to use violence against someone.

An artist painting Jesus Christ as He hung upon the Cross, should depict a powerful body and neck beneath a faceless mass of saliva and blood, His features completely mangled.

ISA 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being {fell} upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

His physical death signified that His work was finished and formed the basis for resurrection.
He must suffer spiritual death in order to pay for your sins and mine.

MAT 26:53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

His restraint was very significant, for if He had lost His temper, there would be NO SALVATION!

JOH 2:23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing.

JOH 2:24-25 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man for He Himself knew what was in man.

The third trial was held early the next morning by the Jews.

The first two trials, the one before Annas and the one before Caiaphas were both held at night, which made them illegal trials.

“Led away” – aor-act-ind – apegagon – a*phvgagon = to lead someone to prison or punishment, to lead for the purpose of destroying.

MAT 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Realizing that it was a feast period (Passover and Unleavened Bread) and they could not sentence someone on a holy day according to their law, they said, “Let’s pass Him off to the Romans.”

The fourth trial – the first trial before Pontius Pilate, where Jesus witnessed or testified an honorable confession,
1TI 6:13.

This was the day the memorial supper, the Passover, would be eaten.

Eating the lamb was a picture of believing in the Messiah, TLJC, yet they had rejected Him.

The Jews took Jesus to the Roman governor in an attempt to avoid Jewish law concerning the holy days because the Law stated that they were not to try someone in court on a Sabbath or holy day.

LUK 23:2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

The Romans had only one type of worship – Caesar worship! Caesar is Kurios (God), they said!

Their lies are generally to try to destroy others with their tongue.

MAT 22:21 Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.

They were implying that He was setting Himself up as a King and trying to lead a revolt against Rome.

Here was a rival to Caesar and a dangerous revolutionary!

1TI 6:13 Christ Jesus, who has testified the honorable confession before Pontius Pilate,

Pilate had the discernment to observe the innocence of Jesus, but not the character to free Him.

The Jews USED the law, but they did not execute the law.

HEB 12:2 for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,

They would have stoned Him. Crucifixion was not a Jewish punishment.

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