Jesus’ Kingdom…

“Pilate replied, ‘Am I a Jew? Your people and the chief priests have delivered you to me — what did you do?’ Jesus answered, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, my subordinates would strive in order that I not be delivered over to the Jews. But at… Read More

Blasphemy!

“Then the High Priest rent his garments, saying, ‘Blasphemy! What witnesses yet do we have to have? Behold, you have now heard blasphemy! What do you rule?’ And they replied, ‘He is liable to death.’” (Matthew 26:65-66)   “Then the High Priest rent his tunic, saying, ‘What witnesses yet do we have to have? You… Read More

That’s What You Said…

“Jesus said to him, ‘That’s what you say. Nevertheless, I tell you from now on you will witness the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’” (Matthew 26:64)   “But Jesus said, ‘I am. and you will see the Son of Man seated on the… Read More

A Dangerous Command

“And the High Priest stood up and said to him, ‘Don’t you have any answer for these men who are testifying against you?’ But Jesus said nothing. And the High Priest  said to him, ‘I command you by the living God to tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God!’” (Matthew 26:62-63)… Read More

Let Justice Flow

“Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the High Priest.” (John 18:24)   We have already discussed the relationship between Annas and Caiaphas as to how both are referred to as the High Priest and how this short exchange formed a kind of initial interview in the shadows of the evening prior to the official… Read More

A Debt of Love I Owe…

“But when he said this, one of the subordinates who was standing there gave a blow to Jesus saying, ‘Is this how you answer the High Priest?’” (John 18:23)   Again, many of our English translations like to render this word as “officer” when it comes to the one who slapped Jesus, giving the impression… Read More

The First round of Questions

“Then the High Priest asked Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.” (John 18:19)   In light of our discussions above, the High Priest being spoken of here must be Annas — referring to him in this way respecting his reputation and influence (as well as past title) not so much his formal title… Read More

A Time to Keep Silence and a Time to Speak

“But Peter followed him from a distance up to the court of the High Priest and going in he sat with the subordinates to witness the end.” (Matthew 26:58)   “And Peter, from a distance, followed him as far as the courtyard of the High Priest and he was sitting with the subordinates and warming… Read More

Caiaphas’ Prophesy

“It was Caiaphas who plotted with the Jews that it would be useful that one man die for the group.” (John 18:14)   The language of Caiaphas’ warning to the Sanhedron is one worthy of reflection. This little parenthesis is meant to point us to an earlier event that took place shortly before Jesus’ Triumphal… Read More