God’s plan was moving along on schedule. Jesus had been arrested and was now on trial. It was a little confusing. First to Pilate, then to Herod and then back to Pilate. Jesus was going to die and shed his blood for us. That was God’s plan, and it was going to happen. Nothing could stop it.
Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”
English Standard Version. (2016). (Lk 23:1–3). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Pilate tried to see if he could get a confession out of Jesus. Jesus was not going to help him out. Jesus could have said, “Yes, I am”. Jesus turned it back on Pilate. Jesus would not be complicit in his own trial and death. And Pilate would expect a King to fight for his Kingdom. Jesus was not going to do that. Jesus was on a mission to fulfill God’s plan. He would do nothing to upset that.
Lets briefly review the sequence of events. Jesus is arrested and taken to the court of Annas, a former High Priest and father-in-law of the current High Priest Caiaphas.
- After some questioning, he is sent to the High Priest’s palace.
- Gathered at the palace are those, and only those, chief priests, elders, scribes, and other religious leaders who want to see him dead.
- After a farce of a trial is held, complete with false witnesses, Caiaphas accuses the Master Jesus of blasphemy.
- Caiaphas and all those gathered agree that he deserves death.
- At 5 am another rigged trial is held before some religious leaders. He is then taken to Pontius Pilate around 6 am.
The original charge of blasphemy against the Messiah is CHANGED by the Jewish leaders to treason against Rome when they take him to the Roman authorities.
Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about Me?” “I’m not a Jew, am I?” Pilate replied. “Your own nation and the chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done?”
My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight . . .
(John 18:33 – 36)
Jesus is “convicted” and sent to die on the cross. God’s plan is fulfilled. Jesus dies for all of us. That is some exceptionally good news!