Jesus is led from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium, Pilate's residence in the early morning on Friday of Passion Week. After a morning interrogation by the Sanhedrin, Jesus is falsely accused before Pilate, saying that He forbid the Jews to worship Caesar, the leader of the Roman empire. This episode examines some of the events from John 18 and Luke 23.
All resources referencing Matthew 26
Luke's Gospel details the account of Peter's three denials of Jesus as well as Christ's second, morning appearance before the Sanhedrin for a more "official", yet still completely illegal, inquisition. This episode examines the Gospels' record of late Thursday night and Friday morning of Passion Week.
After being privately questioned by Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council, is gathered in haste to the house of the high priest where He is questioned, mocked, accused, spit on, and beaten. There was no legality whatsoever to the actions of the Jewish authorities, and the steps to a judicial murder of Jesus had been set in motion. This episode looks at the first inquisition of the Sanhedrin in the late evening of Thursday of Passion Week.
After praying with His sleeping disciples nearby, Jesus is arrested in Gethsemane by a large crowd of Roman soldiers and Temple guards. Even in these trying moments, Jesus demonstrates His patience and compassion, and willingly submits to the arrest. This episode looks at the Gospel record of these events on late Thursday evening of Passion Week.
Instead of being concerned with Himself and His own well-being while His betrayer was out conspiring against Him, Jesus prays for His disciples and those who would believe in Him through their word. This episode looks at Jesus' "high priestly prayer" from John 17 as well as His entry and prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James, and John.
Judas has departed and the Passover meal in the upper room comes to a conclusion. Jesus takes His eleven disciples out toward the Garden of Gethsemane, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem. This episode looks at the final moments of the feast and begins to explore the journey to the garden.
During the Passover meal just hours before His crucifixion, Jesus breaks bread and tells His disciples that it represents His broken body. He also lifts up a cup of wine and tells them that it signifies "the blood of the [new] covenant". This episode develops the details of this scene and discusses the often misunderstood "new covenant" from the Law and the Prophets.
After washing His disciples' feet, Jesus reclines at the table and says that one of the Twelve is going to betray Him. As the Passover meal progresses and the disciples are doubting, Jesus explicitly John that Judas is the betrayer. The details of this part of the Last Supper bring so much clarity to this often misunderstood and wrongly portrayed scene from the last days of Jesus' life.
Jesus' public ministry comes to a close on Tuesday of Passion Week. This episode reviews the major themes developed by the Gospels in the two years of His ministry to Israel and examines the short record of events on Wednesday, including Judas' agreement with the Jewish authorities to betray Jesus.
After staying with Zacchaeus in Jericho and traveling to Bethany before the Sabbath, Jesus attends a dinner at Simon the Leper's house where Mary pours a jar of costly ointment all over Him. This episode develops a familiar scene from John 12 and the parallels in Matthew 26 and Mark 14.