During the early hours of Friday the First trial, before Annas was held for Jesus – if you could call it a a trial; Annas is looking for an accusation, biding time till Sanhedrin is gathered at the High Priestly villa. The Second and main trial before the Sanhedrin, Jesus is condemned, abused by his captors. The third trial, was at dawn and by this time Peter denied Jesus a third time; Jesus looks at him and the condemnation is once again reasserted, then Jesus taken to Romans.
The Fourth trial would be held before Pilate. Then another trial, the fifth, which by now has become a mockery of any known justice. This would be held before Herod who asks Jesus to perform a miracle like some magic trick. The sixth and final trial would take place before Pilate. Jesus is scourged; then a hurriedly gathered crowd is instigated to cry out, “Crucify Him or we will tell Rome?” Jesus is finally turned over to be crucified. He is mocked by the occupying armies soldiers, a crown of thorns pressed into his head. Upon seeing what was taking place a misguided and distraught traitor, Judas, hangs himself. Jesus bears his cross and then is nailed to it by 9:00AM.
He speaks seven sayings from the cross which were recorded.
- “Father, forgive them…”
- “Today…with me in paradise”
- “Woman, behold thy son…” [darkness covered Jerusalem from noon – 3 pm]
- “My God, My God why have your forsaken me (Psalm 22)…”
- “I thirst”
- “It is finished”
- “Into Thy hands I commend my Spirit…”
About 3:00 pm the veil to the Holy of Holies is torn, an earthquake is felt; some graves opened and people rise and go into the city. Jesus side would be pierced while the Passover Lamb is sacrificed at the Temple. Jesus would be buried by sundown in a borrowed tomb. This was good? Yes, for our sake it was. As Jesus said to Nicodemus, one of the Pharisees, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son; that whoever believes on Him should have eternal life.”