Today’s passage: Matthew 26:57-68
- See the Law concerning trials of this sort:
- According to Rabbinical law:
- Death sentences could not be carried out for three days after the verdict.
- Confession by the defendant was not enough to prove guilt. There had to be external evidence.
- Jesus’ official crime was calling Himself the Son of God/The Son of Man. His assertion was called blasphemy.
Questions to consider:
- Was Jesus given a fair trial?
- Were the false witnesses punished? Who put them up to it?
- Was the death penalty scheduled for three days out?
- What was true of Jesus’ “crime”?
- Why were the Sanhedrin able to accomplish this guilty verdict and deliver Jesus to Pilate? Who was victorious this night?