Jesus, the promised seed of Genesis 3, the promised king of Israel from David's line from 2 Samuel 7, and the very God of Israel who shook Mount Sinai from Exodus 20 is beaten and spit on before several hundred Roman solders in the Praetorium, Pilate's residence. This episode looks at some details of His horrific scourging from Matthew 27 and John 19.
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Jesus was sent back to Pilate after His interrogation before Herod Antipas, and the Jews were even more enraged. Though the Roman governor believed Jesus did not commit any crime nor was He deserving of death, the people cried out "crucify Him!" out of jealousy, envy, and a hatred for God in their hearts. This episode looks at select passages from Matthew 27, Mark 15, and Luke 23.
Pilate determined that Jesus was a Galilean and was not under his jurisdiction, so he sent Him to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at the time for the Passover feast. Herod had hoped to see a sign done by Jesus, but receives nothing but complete silence from Him. This episode looks at these events and examines how Jesus' example is a model for our discipleship.
As the Jewish authorities hurl false accusations of Jesus before Pilate, the Roman governor withdraws into his residence for a more private conversation with his prisoner. Pilate marvels at Jesus' answers inside as well as His silence before the Jews. This episode examines the accusations of the Jews as well as Jesus' words to Pilate about His kingdom.
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.
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.
We live in a world where Hollywood blockbusters, school plays, department stores, and our church hymnals all contribute to the way we understand and remember the birth of the promised king of Israel. This secularization has given rise to overfamiliarity with the story of Jesus’ birth. Our children’s books and nativity scenes, while helpful in some ways, have also given us a false sense of confidence when it comes to the details. Ask the average westerner today to tell you the story of Jesus’ birth and you will almost certainly hear things that are altogether inaccurate or utterly...
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.