Then the whole company of them arose, and brought him before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying “We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and that he himself is the Messiah, a king.”
And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
And he answered him, “You say so.”
And Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, “I find no fault with this man.”
But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length; but he made no answer.
The chief priests and the scribes stood by, accusing him.
And Herod, with his soldiers, treated him contemptuously and mocked hi; then, arraying him in gorgeous apparel, he sent him back to Pilate. Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and after examining him before you, I did not find him guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Behold, nothing deserving death has been done by him; I will therefore chastise him and release him.”
But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas” — a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city, and for murder.
Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus; but they shouted out, “Crucify, crucify him!”
A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no crime deserving of death, therefore I will chastise him and release him.”
But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave sentence that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, whom they asked for, but Jesus he delivered up to their will.
Now the men who were holding Jesus mocked him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and asked, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” And they spoke many other words against him, reviling him.
When day came, an assembly of elders of the people gathered together, chief priests and scribes; and they led him away to their council. Where they said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us!”
But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask, you will not answer. But from now on this son of Adam will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”
And they said, “Are you the son of God, then?”
And he said to them, “You say that I am.”
And they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!”
Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the High Priest’s house.
Peter followed at a distance; and when they had kindled a fire in the courtyard and sat down around it, Peter sat among them.
Then a maid, seeing him as he sat in the light, gazed at him and said, “This man also was with him.”
But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
And a little later someone else saw him, and said, “You also are one of them.”
But Peter said, “Man, I am not.”
And after an interval of about an hour, still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was among them, for he is a Galilean.”
But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying.”
And immediately, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.
And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
[Please bear with me, problems with finding this blog under “religion” lately…] Let’s see if this works (& if anyone wants to come comment on some Bible passage, feel free!)
While he was still speaking a crowd appeared with the man called Judas, one of the Twelve, at their head.
He came up to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray this son of Adam with a kiss?”
When his followers saw what was coming, they said, “Lord, shall we use our swords?” And one of them struck at the High Priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.
But Jesus answered, “Let them have their way.” Then he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Turning to the chief priests, the officers of the Temple police, and the elders, who had come to seize him, he said, “Do you take me for a bandit, that you have come out with swords and cudgels to arrest me? Day after day, when I was in the Temple with you, you kept your hands off me. But this is your moment, the hour when darkness reigns!”
Then they arrested him, and led him away to the High Priest’s house.