Scripture: Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71; Matthew 27:3-10; Matthew 27:11-14; Mark 15:2-5; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-37; Luke 23:6-12

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The Council Of Religious Leaders Condemns Jesus

Matthew 27:1-2 (KJV) When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death: And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Mark 15:1 (KJV) And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.

Luke 22:66-71 (KJV) 66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led Jesus into their council, saying, 67 Art Thou the Christ? tell us. And He said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: 68 And if I also ask you, ye will not answer Me, nor let Me go. 69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.  70 Then said they all, Art Thou then the Son of God? And He said unto them, Ye say that I am.  71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of His own mouth.

Questions:

1. Who determined to put Jesus to death (Matthew 27:1)?

2. What did Jesus say the Son of man would do (Luke 22:69)?

3. What did the council ask Jesus (Luke 22:70a)?

4. What was Jesus’ response (Luke 22:70b)?

5. What did the council then say and where did they take Him (Matthew 27:2; Mark 15:1b; Luke 22:71)?

Answers:

1. All the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death.

2. Jesus said, “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

3. The council asked Jesus, “Art Thou then the Son of God?”

4. Jesus responded, “Ye say that I am.” 

5. The council said, “What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of His own mouth.”  They bound Jesus and led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.

Judas Kills Himself

Matthew 27:3-10 (KJV) Then Judas, which had betrayed Jesus, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.  And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.  Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy (Jeremiah) the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; 10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

Questions:

1. What did Judas do when he realized Jesus was going to be crucified (Matthew 27:3-5)?

2. What was done with the silver (Matthew 27:7-10)?

Answers:

1. Judas repented and brought the thirty pieces of silver that he had been paid to betray Jesus to the chief priests and elders. Judas cast down the silver in the temple and then went and hung himself.

2. The chief priests bought the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate

Matthew 27:11-14 King James Version (KJV) 11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying, Art Thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.  12 And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.  13 Then said Pilate unto Him, Hearest Thou not how many things they witness against Thee? 14 And He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

Mark 15:2-5 King James Version (KJV) And Pilate asked Him, Art Thou the King of the Jews? And He answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.  And the chief priests accused Him of many things: but He answered nothing.  And Pilate asked Him again, saying, Answerest Thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against Thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

Luke 23:1-5 (KJV) And the whole multitude of them arose, and led Him unto Pilate.  And they began to accuse Him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ a King.  And Pilate asked Him, saying, Art Thou the King of the Jews? And He answered him and said, Thou sayest it.  Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.  And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.

John 18:28-37 (KJV) 28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.  29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?  30 They answered and said unto him, If He were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered Him up unto thee.  31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye Him, and judge Him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: 32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which He spake, signifying what death He should die.  33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto Him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of Me?  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered Thee unto me: what hast Thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence. 37 Pilate therefore said unto Him, Art Thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice.

Questions:

1. What were the multitude’s accusations against Jesus (Luke 23:2)?

2. What did the governor ask Jesus (Matthew 27:11a; Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3a; John 18:33)?

3. What was Jesus’ answer (Matthew 27:11b; Mark 15:2b; Luke 23:3b; John 18:34)?

4. How did Pilate respond (John 18:35)?

5. Then what did Jesus say (John 18:36)?

6. What did Pilate ask Jesus and how does Jesus answer (John 18:37)?

7. What did Pilate say to the chief priests and to the people (Luke 23:4)?

8. How did the multitude respond (Luke 23:5)?

9. When Jesus was accused by the chief priests and elders what did he say (Matthew 27:12; Mark 15:3)?

10. What did Pilate ask Jesus (Matthew 27:13; Mark 15:4)?

11. What was Jesus’ response (Matthew 27:14; Mark 15:5)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was accused of perverting the nation and of not paying tribute (tax money) to Caesar and saying He was Christ a King.

2. The governor asked Jesus, “Art Thou the King of the Jews?”

3. Jesus answered, “Thou sayest.” And recorded in John Jesus said, “Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of Me?”

4. Pilate responded to Jesus, “Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered Thee unto me: what hast Thou done?”

5. Then Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence.”

6. Pilate said to Jesus, “Art Thou a king then?”  Jesus answered, “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice.”

7. Pilate said he found no fault in Jesus.

8. The multitude were fierce.  They said Jesus was stirring up the people.

9. Jesus said nothing when being accused by the chief priests and elders.

10. Pilate asked Jesus didn’t He hear what was being said against Him.

11. Jesus answered not a word.

Jesus Stands Trial Before Herod

Luke 23:6-12 (KJV) When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.  And as soon as he knew that Jesus belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time. And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see Him of a long season, because he had heard many things of Him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him.  Then he questioned with Him in many words; but He answered him nothing.  10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him.  11 And Herod with his men of war set Him at nought, and mocked Him, and arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him again to Pilate.  12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Questions:

1. To whom did Pilate send Jesus (Luke 23:7)?

2. Why was Herod wanting to see Jesus (Luke 23:8)?

3. How did Jesus respond to Herod (Luke 23:9)?

4. Who vehemently accused Jesus (Luke 23:10)?

5. What did Herod and his men of war do to Jesus (Luke 23:11)?

Answers:

1. Pilate sent Jesus to Herod.

2. Herold hoped to have Jesus do some miracle.

3. Jesus didn’t respond to Herod.

4. The chief priests and scribes vehemently accused Jesus.

5. Herod and his men of war mocked Jesus. They dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him again to Pilate.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 23:12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  Why do you believe Pilate and Herod became friends?

My Bible notes: Though before they were uneasy around each other, Jesus’ trial brought them together.  Because Pilate had recognized Herod’s authority over Galilee (see Luke 23:6-7), Herod stopped feeling threatened by the Roman politician.  And because neither man knew what to do in this predicament, their common problem united them. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

When I think back to the day I asked Jesus into my heart, I smile.  And yet it hadn’t begun as a particularly happy day for me.  My Dad was in the hospital dying both physically and spiritually.  I had asked a Baptist pastor to come and talk to my Dad.  But when we arrived my Dad wasn’t conscious.  This dear pastor told my unconscious Dad about how to receive both Jesus and eternal life. As we were leaving my Dad’s room, I told the pastor I wanted what he had told my Dad – Jesus and eternal. The moment I prayed with the pastor to receive Christ Jesus into my heart my life changed for the better.  And I had hope for the future.  Not just for me but for my Dad.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Later when I went back into my Dad’s hospital room, he was conscious and I was able to tell him about Jesus.  Now he didn’t immediately say yes to Jesus but because I had received Christ Jesus into my life earlier in the day I had the courage to talk to my Dad about Jesus.  My Dad didn’t say yes during my conversation with him.  But later that night he had an encounter with the Lord and just between him and God they got his life in order.  My Dad left this earth as a believer less than a month later.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray for the salvation of all those who don’t yet know You.  I know that’s a tall order, but You’re a big God.  I trust You to give those I care about enough time to ask You into their own life. I know Your Word says You wish for none to perish but all to come to repentance (II Peter 3:9).  For with You nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37).   So Lord, I ask You to meet them wherever they are spiritually right now and continue to call to them until they all say “yes” to You.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I pray continually for the salvation of others.” <>< Dona