The trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was one of the most touching and important parts of the Passion of Christ. The moments leading up to the trail and the crucifiction are key moments in the passion and are the moments that we understand Jesus’ faith and trust in God. We also understand the presence of Satan and his acts against Jesus and the cruelty of those against the Messiah.The trails start moments after the Last Supper. Jesus and the Apostles go to the garden at Gethsemane. Jesus then begins to pray and starts to accept God’s fate for him but Judas leads Temple soldiers so they can arrest Jesus. During this Peter attempts to protect Jesus and does so by cutting off a guard’s ear. Jesus Christ was arrested and we know that his followers began to fear for their life.
Judas is under the control of Satan, the devil has tempted him in betraying the Son of God which led to this.Jesus is then brought to the Sanhedrin. It’s still that very same day and they did this to keep this trail away from public. Jesus’ popularity would most likely lead to riots and outrage throughout so they kept this underwraps. The Sanhedrin were struggling to convict Jesus of a capital crime and they finally broke through when he confirms that he is the Messiah in which they convict him of blasphemy. This is a direct indication of the cruelty that the high authority had against Jesus Christ. They had to dig deep and find anything they could to convict him of something. They didn’t listen or believe anything that Jesus’ followers had to say and had to scare people into going against Jesus and William Larkin, Professor of New Testament Greek at Columbia Biblical Seminary, also says that Christ was “deprived of justice, an innocent man condemned”.
Due to the Romans having authority, Jesus would be taken to the Roman governor in which he will be prosecuted to see if he would be sentenced to death or not. Jesus’ followers were threatened and excommunicated.”The religious authorities in Jerusalem were not unanimous about what stance to take towards Jesus.380 The Pharisees threatened to excommunicate his followers.381 To those who feared that “everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation”, the high priest Caiaphas replied by prophesying: “It is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish.”382 The Sanhedrin, having declared Jesus deserving of death as a blasphemer but having lost the right to put anyone to death, hands him over to the Romans, accusing him of political revolt, a charge that puts him in the same category as Barabbas who had been accused of sedition.383 The chief priests also threatened Pilate politically so that he would condemn Jesus to death.
384″ (Catechism of the Catholic Church)This leads us to The Trail Under Pontius Pilate.The Jewish rulers take Jesus the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate early as possible so they can make their case against Jesus. As governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate faced a problem of interests between the Roman Empire and the Sanhedrin. Romans didn’t care for Jewish religious laws so they revoked the accusation of blasphemy and tried to find another reason to accuse Jesus. When Pontius asked Jesus if he was King of the Jews, he claimed that Jesus accepted the title. This accusation was considered an act of treason by the Roman government which under the 12 Tables of Roman Law; “Treason: he who shall have roused up a public enemy or handed over a citizen to a public enemy must suffer capital punishment.” For most just like Jesus’, trial was fast, but the punishment was done to mock him and scare those who followed him. It was also public and frequently so horrible that an accused person who expected conviction might commit suicide instead.
In the Gospel accounts of The Trial of Jesus, described Pontius Pilate as having been cruel. They claim that Pilate was under extreme pressure on him to execute Jesus due to this accusation of king. The Gospels indicate Pontius Pilate’s indecision, saying that he thought of letting Jesus go at one of the stages of the trial, but later took back his offer.
Matthew 27:19 describes Pontius Pilate as refusing involvement in Jesus’s crucifixion or known as washing his hand of it. He was under a lot of pressure so when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Since according to the rules of the Roman Empire, calling yourself king was a direct indication of treason, Pontius Pilate ordered that the initials INRI be written on Jesus’s grave after the crucifixion. In Latin, INRI stands for Jesus’s name and his title of “King of the Jews”.This meant that Jesus was ordered for crucifiction. Scourging was a brutal punishment, but it was standard practice before a crucifixion. The whip had several things, each one of which had pieces of bone or metal attached and even bone.
It made to completely destroy a man’s back leaving them bleeding and suffering profusely. The person to be whipped was completely stripped of his clothing, tied up, and beaten until his flesh hung in shreds. There was no maximum number of hits and the whipping could go on as long as the soldier allowed it. The amount of blood loss determined if the victim would survive on the cross. After the scourging, the soldiers often taunted the victim and they taunted Jesus in the form of clothing him with a purple or scarlet (Matt.
27:28) robe symbolizing a royal gown since purple symbolizes royalty due to its difficulty in producing. Then they put a crown of thorns on his head symbolizing a crown. They then took a knee before him and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” (Matt. 27:29).
The victim was often forced to carry his own crossbar to the site of the crucifiction. The cross bars could easily weigh 100 pounds. In the case of Jesus, he may have carried his cross bars the distance of over 200 yards.
When Jesus reaches the hill caledd Golgotha, he is strpped of all his clothes to humiliate him. He was them nailed to the cross and risen up. Crucifixion was a terrible way of torture due to the tremendous pain and they went through. Jesus’ body was awkwardly turned on the seat so that the feet could be nailed to the stipes. There would be an extreme strain put on the wrists, arms and shoulders, which caused dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The position of the nailed body held the victim’s rib cage in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath.
Having went through the scourging, the beatings and the walk with the cross, Jesus was described as extremely weak and dehydrated and the vinegar water that was said to be given to him surely didn’t help and he was probably losing a lot of blood. As time passed, the loss of blood and lack of oxygen the victim would would die.The trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was one of the most touching and important parts of the Passion of Christ. The moments leading up to the trail and the crucifiction are key moments in the passion and are the moments that we understand Jesus’ faith and trust in God.
He went through all this torture and suffering for us. He did it for mankind, to take away our sins and give us a brand new start. Now it is up to make the most the most of the opportunity that Jesus has given us.