Jesus was taken to the house of the High Priest, where the teachers of the law and other Jewish elders had gathered as a council (205).

Accusation 3

Peter & John followed from a distance, as far as the courtyard of the High Priest’s house. Peter went into the courtyard & sat down with the guards to wait.  John was admitted into the house, where he hoped to see what would happen to Jesus.

The High Priest questioned Jesus about his teaching, and Jesus answered, “I’ve always spoken publicly to everyone; all my teaching was done in synagogues and in the temple. I’ve never said anything in secret. Why, then, do you question me about this? It’s all a matter of public record.”

When Jesus said this, one of the guards there slapped him and said, “How dare you talk like that to the High Priest!” Jesus answered him, “If I have said anything wrong, tell everyone here what it was. But if what I have said is not wrong, then why do you hit me?”

The chief priests and the council of elders wanted to find some evidence to justify putting Jesus to death.  Despite extensive testimony, they were having no luck, until two men gave this testimony: “Jesus said he is able to tear down God’s temple, and then re-build it three days later.'”

The High Priest stood up and asked Jesus, “What is your response to this accusation?” But Jesus kept quiet.  Again the High Priest spoke to him, “Under oath, in the name of the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah!”

Jesus answered, “I am, and you will see me sitting at the right hand of God & returning to earth on the clouds of heaven.”

The High Priest tore his clothes and exclaimed, “This is blasphemy!

Accusation 1

We don’t need any more evidence. What is your verdict?” The council members exclaimed, “He is guilty! He must die!”

Then some of the guards spat in Jesus’ face & beat him & mocked him saying, “Prophesy for us, Messiah! Guess who hit you!”


(205) Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:53-65, Luke 22:63-71, John 18:12-14 & 19-24