Jesus stood that. How completely the traitor must have been in the power of Satan, and how hardened and callous he must have grown, that he could lead “thither” the men who were going to arrest the Saviour! (i) There is a hint of Pilate's ingrained attitude of contempt. And when he had assumed the insignia of kingship as in theatrical mimes, and had been arrayed in the character of king, young men bearing staffs on their shoulders took their stance on either side in place of spearmen, mimic lancers. That which was a mockery was the truth; and one day those who had mocked Jesus as judge would meet him as judge--and would remember. i. Outside the Temple a pair of doves could cost as little as 4 pence; inside they could cost as much as 75 pence. Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. If the Jews had themselves been able to carry out the death penalty, it would have been by stoning. Four of his sons had also held the high priesthood and Caiaphas was his son-in-law. John 18:39. The very statement must have taken Pilate's breath away, and he must have looked at them in half-bewildered, half-cynical amusement. Jerusalem was not the capital of the province; its headquarters were at Caesarea. There an angel helped him to prepare for the ordeal of Calvary (Luke 22:43).

One of the servants of the high priest, being a kinsman of him whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? Then from the surrounding multitudes rang forth an outlandish shout of 'Marin,' the name by which it is said that kings are called in Syria." It is the tragic fact of history that all through the ages men have chosen the way of Barabbas and refused the way of Jesus. Pilate was like that. But he refused all through to put his foot down and tell the Jews that he would have nothing to do with their evil machinations. Part of the preparation for it was a ceremonial search for leaven, and the banishing of every particle of leaven from every house because it was the symbol of evil. John 18:9.

That year ... - that awful year of our Lord's crucifixion, was the thought in John's mind as he named the man who was legal high priest THAT YEAR. (b) The second explanation is easier to accept. Some wealthy citizen--an anonymous friend of Jesus whose name will never be known--must have given him the key of the gate and the right to use it when he was in Jerusalem. Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?

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That is by no means impossible, because in those days Jesus was a common name, being the Greek form of Joshua. I have only stated the law. (iv) We see the physical courage of Jesus. Second, the Passover was the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Sometimes, much more rarely, the word is used for the detachment of men called a maniple which was made up of 200 men. No man has ever been so unjustly treated as Peter by preachers and commentators. Here indeed is a man. And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Peter then denied again: Ah, me! The unmitigated duplicity of the priests was glaringly evident in this. Jesus had said that Peter would deny him three times before the cock crew. The logical and obvious reason for the many omissions of details like the agony is found in the widespread knowledge of such details already recorded in the synoptics. He said to the Jews: "See! As Macaulay had it: Peter was soon to deny his master, but at that moment he was prepared to take on hundreds all alone for the sake of Christ. And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: Here is John’s usual modesty, he will not mention his own name, but simply speaks of “another disciple.”. His failure could have happened only to a man of superlative courage. This exposition consisted of readings from Matthew 27:15-54; and John 18:28-38. So far were his followers from being ashamed of his cross, or endeavouring to conceal it, that this was what, both by word and writing, they were most industrious to proclaim, and gloried in it. Pilate hoped they would spare Jesus, but the crowd instead condemned Him. (iii) We must remember how Peter redeemed himself.

John 18:17. Annas and his household were notorious. Once a man allows himself to hate, he can neither think nor see straight, nor listen without distortion. Peter struck at his head; he was not content with trying to wound, he meant to kill Malchus, and he did “cut off his right ear.”. (See Mark 14:53-65). Finding the new version too difficult to understand? But Peter had the courage and the tenacity of purpose to redeem himself, to start from failure and attain to greatness. Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me. (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 20, 9, 1). Do you not wonder that they did not rise up, and go away and leave him after they had fallen at his feet and asked his forgiveness? Pilate mingled his soldiers with them in plain clothes, with concealed weapons. Pilate determined to build a new aqueduct. The scene comes to an end by saying that Pilate brought Jesus out; as we have translated it, and as the King James Version and Revised Standard translate it, Pilate came out to the place that was called the Pavement of Gabbatha--which may mean the tessellated pavement of marble mosaic--and sat upon the judgment seat. On its slopes lay the little garden of Gethsemane, which means the oil-press, the press where the oil was extracted from the olives which grew on the hill.