Today’s passage: Luke 22:66-23:12
- Jesus’ official crime before the Sanhedrin was this, He believed He was God the Son.
- The crime the Sanhedrin took to Pilate to see Jesus executed was this, He believed He was the Messiah.
- The Sanhedrin wanted Pilate to see this claim to the throne as a threat of rebellion against Caesar.
- Isaiah 53:7
- Neither Herod or Pilate found Jesus guilty. They simply held contempt against this man who refused to plead for innocence or mercy, and they shared a mutual disgust with the Jewish leaders. This was the grounds for their new friendship.
Questions to consider:
- What is ironic about the charges against Jesus? How do they prove that the nation (Represented by the whole of the Sanhedrin) had rejected their Lord and Messiah?
- Why was Herod excited to see Jesus? What did he want? In what way are each of the people in this account treating Jesus based on what they want and whether or not they got it?
- Why didn’t Jesus plead for His innocence or plead for mercy? What would Herod and Pilate have been used to seeing when they were questioning people accused of a capital offense? What did He know and what had He come to do?