The Suffering Savior (Part 2) – The Gospels Merged
Section 150 – Jesus Before the Sanhedrin Again
(Mt.27:1-2; Mk.15:1; Lk.22:66-23:1) 2 Then first thing, 1 when early morning came, all the chief priests 3 and law-teachers 1 and the elders of the people 2 (the whole Sanhedrin) reached a decision 1 together to put Him to death. 3 They led Him up to their council chamber, saying, “If you are the Messiah, tell us!” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask a question, you will not answer. –But from now on, ‘the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.’ ” And they all asked, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “I AM as you are saying.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? –for we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth?” Then the whole assembly of them got up, 2 and they bound Jesus, and led Him away and 3 brought Him before Pilate 1 the governor.
Section 151 – Judas Hangs Himself
(Mt.27:3-10) 1 Then when Judas (who had betrayed Him) saw that Jesus had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “”I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? –See to that yourself!” Then he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple’s treasury, since it is the price of blood.” So they conferred together, and used the money to buy the Potter’s Field, as a burial place for strangers. That is why that field has been called the “Field of Blood” to this day. Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, where he says: A “And they took the thirty pieces of silver –the price of the One on whom a price had been set by the sons of Israel; and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
Section 151 – Jesus Before Pilate
(Mt.27:11-14: Mk.15:2-5; Lk.23:2-3; Jn.18:28-38a) 1 Meanwhile, 4 they led Jesus from Caiaphas’ house to the Roman governor’s mansion. But it was early, so they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium, so that they would not be ceremonially defiled, but would be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them 1 –and Jesus stood before the governor– 4 and he said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They replied to him, “If this Man were not doing evil, we would not have handed Him over to you.” 3 And they began to accuse Him, “We found this Man corrupting our nation, and forbidding us to pay taxes to Caesar –and saying that He Himself is Christ –a King!” So Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 2 Then the chief priests 1 and the elders 2 accused Him of many things 1 –and while He was being accused, He did not answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Don’t You hear how many things they testify against You?” But He gave no reply –not even to a single charge– so that the governor was quite amazed. 4 So Pilate said to them, “You take Him, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not legal for us to put anyone to death” –this was to fulfill the word which Jesus had spoken, indicating what kind of death He was about to die. 4 So Pilate entered the governor’s mansion again, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Are you saying this of your own accord –or did others say it to you about Me?” Pilate answered, “I’m not a Jew, am I? It was your own nation and the chief priests who delivered You to me. –What have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingship were of this world, then my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews; –but as it is, My kingdom is not from here.” Pilate said to Him, “So You are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. –For this I was born, and for this I came into the world –to testify of the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”
(Lk.23:4-12; Jn.18:38b) After he had said this, he went out again to the Jews 3 –to the chief priests and the crowds– 4 and said to them, 3 “I find no guilt in this man.” But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee –all the way to here.” Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that He was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus he was very glad, for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had heard about Him and was hoping to see some miraculous sign performed by Him. So Pilate questioned Him at some length –but He made no reply. And the chief priests and the law-teachers were standing there, vehemently accusing Him. And Herod with his soldiers –after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him– dressed Him in an elegant robe and sent Him back to Pilate. Now Herod and Pilate –who had previously been enemies with each other– became friends with one another that very day.
Section 153 – Again Before Pilate
(Mt.27:15-23; Mk.15:6-14; Lk.23:13-23; Jn.18:39-40) 3 Then Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who incites rebellion among the people. But look: After examining Him before you, I did not find this man guilty of any of the charges which you bring against Him –and neither did Herod, because he sent Him back to us. And see –nothing deserving death has been done by Him. 4 However, you have a custom that I should release one prisoner for you at the Passover; 3 so I will punish Him and release Him. 4 –So, do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?” 1 Now at the Feast it was the governor’s custom 3 –[he was obliged]– 1 to release for the crowd any one prisoner –whomever they wished. At that time they were holding 1 a notorious prisoner, 2 the man named Barabbas 4 –a robber 2 imprisoned with the rebels who had committed murder in the insurrection 3 in the city. 1 So when they had gathered, 2 the crowd went up and began to ask Pilate to do for them as he usually did. Pilate answered them, saying, 1 “Whom do you want me to release for you? 2 Do you want me to release 1 Barabbas, or Jesus who is called ‘Messiah’ 2 –the King of the Jews?” –for he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy. 1 Also, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man –because I have suffered much in a dream today because of Him.” But the chief priests and the elders persuaded 2 –stirred up– 1 the crowds to ask 2 him to release Barabbas for them instead, 1 and to put Jesus to death. But the governor said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 3 And 4 they shouted out again, 3 all together, saying, 4 “Not this man! 3 Away with this man, and release Barabbas for us!” 3 But Pilate –wanting to release Jesus– addressed them again. 2 In answer, Pilate asked them, 1 “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called ‘Messiah’? 2 –whom you call the ‘King of the Jews’?” 1 They all 2 shouted back, “Crucify Him!” But Pilate said to them, “Why? –what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more; 3 they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify! –crucify Him!” And he said to them the third time, “Why? –what evil has He done? I have found in Him no guilt deserving death; so I will punish Him and release Him.” But they were insistent; with loud voices 1 they kept shouting all the more, 3 demanding that He be crucified, 1 saying, “Crucify Him!” 3 –and their voices prevailed.
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”
by R. Totten (c) 2003