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- The Arrest Of Jesus -
( Audio Version read by Kathy Bird )
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Jesus and the disciples leave the city and go to a garden at the Mount of Olives to pray,
and he tells them they will desert him tonight. They protest and say
they will not, but Jesus says,
"It is written in the scripture, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the flock will be scattered.'"
Peter tells Jesus he would never desert him, but Jesus says,
"I give you my word, before the rooster crows tonight, you will deny that you even know me three times".
Peter replies, "Even though I have to die with you, I will never disown you!" The other disciples join in with Peter saying they would never disown Jesus too.
Jesus prays for the disciples so they will be protected and be able to spread the good news that he gave them.
He tells them to stay awake and be on the lookout while he takes Peter, James, and John and goes a short distance to pray. Then Jesus tells the three to stay there and keep watch with him.
Jesus goes a little farther and drops to the ground in sorrow and prays,
"My father, if it is your will, take away this suffering that is about to happen to me, but even though I don't want to go through this, let your will for me be done."
Jesus comes back and wakes Peter and says,
"How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me for even one hour?
Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak"
Twice more Jesus goes to pray and comes back to find them sleeping. Finally he wakes them up and tells them his betrayer is here.
Judas comes and with him, a group of Roman soldiers, and some Temple guards sent by the chief priests and elders. They arrest Jesus and the disciples become scared and run away.
- The Trial Of Jesus -
Jesus is taken to the house of the high priest where other members of the
council are waiting to question him. Peter and John follow to see what is going to happen
to Jesus but Peter is recognized as a follower of Jesus. It is here that he denies knowing
Jesus three times, then he hears a rooster crow, remembers what Jesus had told him,
and goes away and weeps bitterly.
The chief priests and elders seek many false witnesses to testify against Jesus so they can kill him, but no evidence can be found to support their charges. Finally Caiaphas, the high priest, says to Jesus, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of God" Jesus answered,
"I am, and you will all see the Son of Man seated at the right of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of heaven!"
The high priest tears his robes and says, "We don't need any more witnesses! You heard his blasphemy." ( to speak lightly or carelessly of God ) After hearing this, they all vote that Jesus is guilty and should be put to death.
Early the next morning the whole assembly brings Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor
appointed for Judea. Pilate questions Jesus privately and finds him innocent. The Jews
become angry and start to protest.
When Pilate learns that Jesus is from Galilee, he sends him to Herod, the governor of Galilee, who happens to be in Jerusalem. Herod is delighted to see Jesus whom he has heard so much about and is hoping to see him perform a miracle. Jesus does not respond to Herod's questioning despite the strong accusations made by the chief priests and teachers of the law. Herod makes no charge against Jesus, but he and his soldiers make fun of him and treat him with contempt. Then they put a fine purple robe on him, and send him back to Pilate.
Pilate calls together the chief priests, the leaders and the people and explains that he
nor Herod have found Jesus guilty of anything deserving death, so he will have Jesus whipped
and set free. The Jews are stirred to protest and tell Pilate Jesus should die.
Every year at Passover, Pilate sets free a prisoner. He taunts the Jews by asking them, "Which one do you want me to set free for you? Jesus Barabbas (he was in prison for riot and murder), or Jesus called the Messiah?" He knows that Jesus has been handed over because the Jewish authorities are jealous. Pilate's wife sends him a message: 'Have nothing to do with that innocent man, because in a dream last night, I suffered much on account of him." The chief priest and elders persuade the people to ask Pilate to release Barabbas and put Jesus to death. Then Pilate asks the crowd, "What crime has he committed?" They start shouting, "crucify him!"
Pilate takes Jesus and has him whipped. The soldiers make a crown out of thorny branches to pierce his head and dress him in the fine purple robe that came from Herod. They put a stick in his hand and chant, "Long live the King of the Jews!" They kneel before Jesus and make fun of him. They slap him, spit on him and take the stick and hit him.
After the soldiers have their time with Jesus, Pilate brings him out before the crowd wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe to show them Jesus has been punished by being whipped, scourged and humiliated.
When the chief priest and elders see Jesus they start shouting,
"crucify him!" Pilate tries to argue back saying, "I find no reason to condemn him."
The Jews answer back, "We have a law that says he ought to die, because he claimed
to be the Son of God." Pilate becomes afraid and takes Jesus back in the palace for more questioning.
Pilate again comes before the crowd attempting to free Jesus, but the Jews shout back, "If you set him free, that means that you are not the Emperor's friend! Anyone who claims to be a king is a rebel against the Emperor!"
When Pilate hears these words, he washes his hands in front of the crowd saying, "I am not responsible for the death of this man! This is your doing!" The people publicly accept the responsibility of putting Jesus to death, then Pilate hands Jesus over to the soldiers to be crucified.
- The Crucifixion Of Jesus -
It is about nine o'clock in the morning when they lead Jesus, carrying
a cross, outside the city walls of Jerusalem to the place where they will crucify him.
Along the way, the soldiers force a man named Simon, from Cyrene, to carry Jesus'
At a place called Golgatha, Jesus is crucified and hangs on a cross, bleeding to death from the scourging and where the nails pierce his hands and feet.
Jesus says, "Father, forgive them, they don't know what they are doing"
(Golgatha means a bald, round, skull like mound; the place had the appearance of a skull when viewed from a short distance.)
After the soldiers crucify Jesus, they take his clothes and divide them among themselves
and gamble for the robe which is made of woven cloth without any seams.
The prophecy about what was to happen to the Messiah was written in scripture by David a thousand years before Jesus crucifixion. Psalms 22, verse 18 says:
"They divided my clothes among themselves and gambled for my robe."
Pilate writes a notice on parchment and has it nailed on the cross above Jesus' head which reads: 'Jesus, the King of the Jews'. It is written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. The chief priests want Pilate to change it to 'This man said, I am the King of the Jews'. Pilate's response is, "What I have written stays written".
Two criminals are also crucified with Jesus, one on each side of him.
One taunts Jesus saying, "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"
The other one speaks to the one taunting Jesus and said, "Don't you fear God? We deserve what we are getting because of what we did, but he has done no wrong."
And he says to Jesus, "Remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus tells him,
"I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me."
Jesus sees his mother and the disciple John standing near the cross. He says to his mother,
"He is your son." And he says to John, "She is your mother."
From that time, the disciple took her to live in his home.
At about noon, the sun stops shinning and darkness covers the whole country until about three o'clock in the afternoon when Jesus cries out,
"My God, my God, why did you abandon me?"
These words start the 22 Psalm, written by David
and describe the feelings of Christ on the cross and
the glory which will be given to him by
all nations of the world.
Jesus says, "I am thirsty" and someone runs up with a sponge, soaked in sour
wine, puts it on the end of a stick and holds it up to Jesus' lips
and Jesus cries out in a loud voice,
"Father, it is finished.
In your hands I place my spirit."
Then he dies.
AT THAT MOMENT,
the earth shakes,
rocks split apart
and the curtain that separated the symbols of the Jewish religion ( altar of incense, the table of shewbread, and the seven branched lamp stand )
from the room reserved for God, is torn in two.
When the captain of the guard and the soldiers who are keeping watch over Jesus see the earthquake and all that happens and they say, "He really was the Son of God!"
The Jewish authorities did not want to have the men who were being crucified left on the crosses during the Sabbath so they got permission from Pilate to break their legs so they would die sooner.
As they were doing this, they come to Jesus and see he is already dead so they did not break his legs but John saw one of the soldiers pierce Jesus side with a spear making two scriptures come true:
"Not one of his bones will be broken" and
"People will look at him whom they pierced"
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February-------The Greatest Commandment ("about love")
March-----------The Lost Sheep / The Lost Son
April-------------Meaning Of Easter / 3 Examples From Jesus
May--------------The Worry Of Daily Life
June-------------The Ten Lepers
July--------------The Good Samaritan
August----------How To Give and How To Pray
September-----The Un-believing Towns
October---------Signs Revealing Christ's Return To Earth
November------The Last Supper
December------Why We Should Celebrate Christmas
January--------The Things That Make A Person Unclean
February-------Marriage, Adultery, and Divorce
March-----------Jesus Chooses The Apostles
April-------------The Coming Persecutions For The Believers
May--------------Jesus Feeds 5000 Men ( part 1 )
June-------------Jesus Walks On The Water ( part 2 )
July--------------The Bread Of Life ( part 3 )
August----------The Meaning Of The Cross
September-----Jonah And The Whale
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