Luke 22:66-71, 23:1-25
Jesus Is Brought to Pilate and Herod
66At dawn the elders of the people met together. These included the chief priests and the teachers of the law. Jesus was led to them. 67"If you are the Christ," they said, "tell us."
Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me. 68And if I asked you, you would not answer. 69But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."
70They all asked, "Are you the Son of God then?"
He replied, "You are right in saying that I am."
71Then they said, "Why do we need any more witnesses? We have heard it from his own lips."
1Then the whole group got up and led Jesus off to Pilate. 2They began to bring charges against Jesus. They said, "We have found this man misleading our people. He is against paying taxes to Caesar. And he claims to be Christ, a king."
3So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
"Yes. It is just as you say," Jesus replied.
4Then Pilate spoke to the chief priests and the crowd. He announced, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."
5But they kept it up. They said, "His teaching stirs up the people all over Judea. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here."
6When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was from Galilee. 7He learned that Jesus was from Herod's area of authority. So Pilate sent Jesus to Herod. At that time Herod was also in Jerusalem.
8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very pleased. He had been wanting to see Jesus for a long time. He had heard much about him. He hoped to see Jesus do a miracle.
9Herod asked him many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there. With loud shouts they brought charges against him.
11Herod and his soldiers laughed at him and made fun of him. They dressed him in a beautiful robe. Then they sent him back to Pilate. 12That day Herod and Pilate became friends. Before this time they had been enemies.
13Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people. 14He said to them, "You brought me this man. You said he was turning the people against the authorities. I have questioned him in front of you. I have found no basis for your charges against him. 15Herod hasn't either. So he sent Jesus back to us. As you can see, Jesus has done nothing that is worthy of death. 16-17So I will just have him whipped and let him go."
18With one voice the crowd cried out, "Kill this man! Give Barabbas to us!" 19Barabbas had been thrown into prison. He had taken part in a struggle in the city against the authorities. He had also committed murder.
20Pilate wanted to let Jesus go. So he made an appeal to the crowd again. 21But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
22Pilate spoke to them for the third time. "Why?" he asked. "What wrong has this man done? I have found no reason to have him put to death. So I will just have him whipped and let him go."
23But with loud shouts they kept calling for Jesus to be crucified. The people's shouts won out.
24So Pilate decided to give them what they wanted. 25He set free the man they asked for. The man had been thrown in prison for murder and for fighting against the authorities. Pilate gave Jesus over to them so they could carry out their plans.
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