Luke 22:54 to Luke 23:1-12
After his arrest, Jesus was taken to the high priest, Peter followed him from afar and while Jesus was being interrogated, Peter was challenged on three occasions by three different people about his relationship with Jesus but on all three occasions he denied vehemently and the the cock crowed and he remembered. Jesus was mocked, bitten, was struck ,blasphemed and was led to Pontus Pilate where he was accused of perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar and calling himself Christ the King. Pilate examined him and found him not Guilty but he sent him to Herod for cross-examination when he learnt he was a Galilean, Herod was glad to receive him haven heard of his exploits.The chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. Herod and his men of war mocked him, clothed him a gorgeous robe and sent him back to Pilate who still did not find any reason to convict him and charged the people three times to allow him set Jesus free after punishment but the more he he tried the more the people shouted ‘Crucify Him’ They requested for a convicted criminal Barnabas to be released to them in place of Jesus and eventually Pilate accented to their request.
Jesus had the opportunity to defend himself but he did not, just to buttress the fact that he willingly laid down his life. He went through a lot of ridicule and Mal-treatment but he held on because of the purpose and the joy that was set before him. In life will face challenges and tribulations but be of good cheer because, got you have overcome. The challenges are only a phase that you need to pass through on your way to victory. Hold on and be strong Christ paid all the price for your victory.
I acknowledge the suffering of Christ, his death and resurrection and I receive the new life he has given me. Therefore I claim victory over every situation in Jesus name.
Reading – Luke 22:54 to Luke 23:1-12
Peter Disowns Jesus
54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest.Peter followed at a distance. 55 And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. 56 A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”
57 But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.
58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”
“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.
59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”
60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.
The Guards Mock Jesus
63 The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. 64 They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 65 And they said many other insulting things to him.
Jesus Before Pilate and Herod
66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”
Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You say that I am.”
71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
23 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”
3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”
6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.