Arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane
After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was first taken to the house of Annas and questioned. Annas was hoping to prove that Jesus and His disciples were against Rome and Caesar, which would be an act of sedition punishable by death. After Annas questioned Jesus, he sent him bound to the High Priest, Caiaphas who accused Jesus of blasphemy. The religious leaders of the time really just wanted to be sure that Jesus was out of the way, one way or the other.
Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. (John 18:12-13) nkjv
Jesus Must Die…The Sanhedrin Made Their Decision
Sanhedrin: 70 men, plus the high priest and including the chief priests, scribes and elders.
Then the members of the Sanhedrin assembled before Caiaphas in the middle of the night, and when Jesus confessed that He was the Christ, they were outraged and accused Him of blasphemy. They knew oh so well this would lead to His certain death. They met early the next morning to announce their verdict.
And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But He kept silent and answered nothing.
Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?”
And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. (Mark 14:60-64) nkjv
Caiaphas, after accusing Jesus of blasphemy, sent Him to Pontius Pilate to carry out the death sentence.
Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor (prefect) of Judaea, under emperor Tiberius in the 1st century. All four Gospels portray Pilate as weak. He was an indecisive and compromising man so he was easily dominated by the members of the Sanhedrin, as well as the mob like crowd. However, he did offer the crowd to let either Jesus or Barabbas go free. Then he washed his hands of the situation.
Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.
While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They said, “Barabbas!”
Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” (Matthew 27:11-24) nkjv
The Crowd Chose Barabbas
Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:26) nkjv
And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion. (Mark 15:7) nkjv
The crowd roared that they wanted Barabbas released. But why in the world would they want Barabbas, a murderer and a notorious prisoner released? The answers always can be found in scripture.
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. (Matthew 27:20) nkjv
Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find not fault in Him.”
The Jews answered him, “We have a law and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” (John 19:6-7)
There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots. And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”
The the soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”
And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:
THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly,for we receive the due reward of our deed; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:32-43) nkjv
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior
If you do not believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, your sins are still on your shoulders and you will be accountable for them before a Righteous and Holy God. The consequence of rejecting Christ, is hell. Separation forever from God Almighty. I have never meant anyone whose goal was to go to hell, so please consider carefully what Jesus has done for you. Then simply humble yourself and ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior over your life, and repent of your sins. We all have to repent and the perfect time to do so is now. Good works do not save, families cannot save, friends cannot save – – only Jesus saves!
Jesus reigns now and forevermore, He is Lord and Savior!