Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, May 25, 2014

I have now documented to be 36 years ago.

2CO 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.
The first trial was before Annas who was the father in law to Caiaphas, who was the high priest that same year according toJOH 18:12-14.

Annas was engaged in gangster activities connected with every system of corruption in Jerusalem, as well as with the bands of robbers in the Negev, who owed their protection to him.

Annas was a former high priest but now he was the political boss of Jerusalem.

This was the Second Trial described for us in MAT 26:57  And those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.

In the second trial, Jesus was already considered guilty, for Annas had given Him “thumbs down.”

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.

The key verb in this sentence is the word “led away” which is the aor-act-ind of ap-a-go meaning to lead someone to prison or punishment.

In their mind He’s already guilty, they just have to find some legality to have Him crucified.

Under the doctrine of giving things over to the Supreme Court of Heaven our Lord would not reveal His claims to those who seek to hear them in order to reject them and not to examine them.

Silence was His answer to the prejudice and lies of the religious people masquerading as honest investigation.

This led us to the fourth trial which is the first trial before Pontius Pilate where Scripture declares that Jesus witnessed or testified an honorable confession, 1TI 6:13.

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.”

In the first two trials, they accused our Lord of blasphemy, claiming that He was God.

The Romans had only one type of worship – Caesar worship. To them Caesar was God.

The fifth trial was before Herod found in LUK 23:8-12.

When Jesus refused, Herod angrily ordered Him to be tortured.

Therefore we have the sixth and final trial before Pilate, LUK 23:13-25.

Pilate knew that it was the custom of the passover for the Roman government to release to the Jews some notorious prisoner who had been already condemned to death.

It backfired when the crowd demanded the release of Barabbas, one of the worst gangsters in Jerusalem.

The Greek indicates that he was an habitual professional criminal, possibly the Number One man of the crime syndicate in that area.

In the Aramaic, Barabbas means “son of the father.”

This dream was probably of Satanic origin, as Satan did not want Christ on the Cross to bear the sins of the world, but wanted him stoned to death as prescribed by the Jewish Law, thereby frustrating the Plan of God.

To be so close to Christ and yet reject Him, is to be far away for all eternity.

The custom of washing hands indicated that this person was innocent and therefore if he’s executed, it is a judicial murder.

Even under Jewish law this meant innocence, DEU 21:6-9.

Pilate cast a vote that all could see, if they couldn’t hear his voice, they could see him wash his hands and they all knewDEU 21:6-9.

30 years later on the very spot on the pavement on which he washed his hands, the Romans crucified 36,000 Jews.

They took the hide off of these 36,000 Jews and then they crucified their mangled bodies right there on the pavement.

Little did the Jews realize what they were saying when they said in MAT 27:25  “His blood {be} on us and on our children!”

In His third attempt, Pontius Pilate steps out on the balcony of his praetorium, he once again had discussed the whole thing with our
Lord because He was innocent and he knew it.

They stripped and they scourged Him….which means they took all the skin off of His back. And when He came up He was very badly disfigured.

All he heard from that balcony was “crucify Him, crucify Him.”

Pontius Pilate chose expediency and cowardice and he goes down in history just that way.

To the Roman’s the voice of the people didn’t mean a thing, the Roman’s had a saying which said in effect “the voice of the people is idiocy.”

The rise of the news media as a propaganda agent for Satan means the public is constantly inculcated with false concepts.
VOX POPULAE VOX DIABOLUS, “the voice of the people is the voice of the devil” said the Romans

Public opinion never has the facts or the truth; it is irrational, irresponsible, emotional, and arrogant.

Christian tradition went even further than the Gospels in the direction of exonerating Pilate, in some cases even suggesting his eventual repentance and conversion to Christianity.

The order of events that caused the apostle Paul to say in 1TI 6:13 “Christ Jesus testified the honorable confession before Pontius Pilate,

1. Jesus is brought to Pilate, MAT 27:2, Mar 15 1.

2. Pilate asks for a specific accusation, Joh 18 29:32.

3. Pilate enters the praetorium, questions Jesus about His alleged kingship, and receives the answer that He rules over the kingdom of truth, and over the hearts of men who acknowledge the truth to which Pilate asks: “What is truth”! Joh 18 33-38.

4. Pilate brings Him forth and many accusations are made against Him, to which to Pilate’s surprise, He makes no reply,MAR 15:3-5.

5. Pilate then affirms His innocence, but the charges are repeated (LUK 23:4.

6. Then Pilate sends Him to Herod, who in mockery clothes Him in shining raiment, and sends Him back, Luk 23 6-12.

7. Pilate declares that neither Herod or himself can find any fault in Him, and offers to scourge Him and let Him go, Luk 23 13-16, JOH 18:38b.

8. Pilate offers to release Jesus in accordance with an ancient custom, MAT 27:15-18; JOH 18:39.

9. Then Pilate’s wife sends him a message warning him not to harm Jesus because she has suffered many things in a dream because of Him, MAT 27:19.

10. The people persuaded by the chief priests and elders, choose Barabbas, and, in spite of the repeated protests of Pilate, demand that Jesus be crucified, MAT 27:20-23, MAR 15:11-14, JOH 18:40.

11. Pilate washes his hands before the people, and they take the guilt of the deed upon themselves and their children, MAT 27:24.

12. Pilate releases Barabbas and orders Jesus to be scourged, MAT 27:26, MAR 15:15.

13. Jesus is scourged and mocked, punched and spit upon, MAT 27:27-31a, JOH 19:1-3).

14. Pilate again declares the innocence of Jesus, brings Him out, and says: “Behold the man!” The chief priests and officers cry out: “Crucify him!”

15. Pilate, becoming more afraid at this saying, once more interviews the prisoner in the praetorium.

16. Again he tries to release Him, but is accused of treachery to the emperor.

17. Overcome by this, Pilate sits on the judgment seat and says: ” Behold, your King! ” Again the cry goes up: ” Away with him, crucify him!”

18. Pilate says: “Shall I crucify your King?”  The chief priests answered with a final renun­ciation saying, “We have no king but Caesar”., JOH 19:4-15.

19. Pilate sentences Jesus and gives Him up to be crucified and He is led away, MAT 27:31b, Joh 19 16.

20. Pilate writes a title for the cross, and refuses to alter It, JOH 19:19-22.

21. The Jews ask Pilate that the legs of the three who were crucified might be broken, JOH 19:31.

22. Joseph of Arimathaea begs the body of Jesus from Pilate, MAT 27:57-58.

23. Pilate is surprised that Jesus has died so soon and questions the centurion, MAR 15:44.

24. Pilate then gives up to Joseph the body of Jesus, MAT 27:58.

25. The chief priests and the Pharisees obtain permission from Pilate to take precautions against any theft of the body of Jesus, MAT 27:62-66.

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