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Although Jesus' Trial lasted
less than 18 hours, He was taken to six different hearings carefully
controlled to accomplish His death.
The verdict was predecided but
certain “Legal” procedures were necessary. A lot of effort went
into condemning and crucifying an innocent man.
Jesus went through an unfair
trial in our place so that we would not have to face a fair trial and
receive the well deserved punishment for our sins.
The First Three Stages Of
Jesus' Illegal Trial
Before The Jewish
1. Trial Before Annas (The
Powerful Ex-High Priest).
the office of high priest was for life, Annas was still the
“official” high priest in the eyes of the Jews, even though the
Romans had appointed another. Thus, Annas still carried much weight
among the Sanhedrin. (See
2. Trial Before Caiaphas
(The Ruling High Priest).
was done to gather evidence for the full council hearing to follow.
Like the hearing before Annas, this hearing was conducted at night in
secrecy. It was full of illegalities that made a mockery of justice.
Annas and Caiaphas cared more about their political ambitions than
about their responsibility to lead the people to God. Though
religious leaders, they had become evil. As the nation's spiritual
leaders, they should have been sensitive to God's revelation.
They should have known that
Jesus was the Messiah about whom the Scriptures spoke, and they
should have pointed the people to Jesus. But when deceitful men and
women pursue evil, they want to eliminate all opposition. Instead of
honestly evaluating Jesus' claims based on their knowledge of
Scripture, these religious leaders sought to further their own
selfish ambitions and were even willing to kill God's Son, if that's
what it took to do it.
3. Trial Before The
Sanhedrin (Full Council).
after daybreak, 70 members of the Jewish Council met to rubber-stamp
their approval of the previous hearings to make them appear legal.
The purpose of this trial was not to determine justice, but to
justify their own preconceptions of Jesus' guilt and condemnation to
Matthew 27:1-2, Mark 15:1, and Luke 22:66-71)
The Last Three Stages Of
Jesus' Illegal Trial
Before The Roman
4. First Trial Before
Pilate (The Highest Roman Authority).
The religious leaders had
condemned Jesus to death on religious grounds, but only the Roman
government could grant the death penalty. Thus, they took Jesus to
Pilate, the Roman Governor, and accused Jesus of treason and
rebellion, crimes for which the Roman government gave the death
saw at once that Jesus was innocent, but he was afraid about the
uproar being caused by the religious leaders. (See
Luke 23:1-6 and John 18:28-38)
5. Trial Before Herod
Antipas (Ruler Of Galilee).
Because Jesus' home was in the
region of Galilee, Pilate sent Jesus to Herod Antipas, the ruler of
Galilee who was in Jerusalem for the Passover celebration.
This was a courteous and
guilt-sharing act by Pilate,
was eager to see Jesus do a miracle, but when Jesus remained silent,
Herod wanted nothing to do with Him and sent Jesus back to Pilate.
6. Second Trial Before
Pilate (The Highest Roman Authority).
Pilate didn't like the
religious leaders. He wasn't interested in condemning Jesus because
he knew Jesus was innocent. However, he knew that another uprising
in his district might cost him his job.
he tried to compromise with the religious leaders by having Jesus
flogged (horribly beaten with a whip with metal and glass ends that
ripped the skin away from the bones with every lash), an illegal
action in itself. But finally he gave in and handed Jesus over to be
crucified. Pilate's self-interest was stronger than his sense of
So the Roman soldiers took
charge of Jesus and led Him away to be crucified by being nailed to
the cross for a hideously slow and extremely painful death.
This is the third and final post in a series of three posts used
with permission from Guest Author John Burton At
Check out this lengthy but wildly
troubling story of an encounter by John Mulinde, a leader with a
world ministry on every continent except Antarctica. God told him,
"If I had come today to take My Bride, you wouldn't be part of
that. I wouldn't take you."
Here's His Story:
Then suddenly a bright light hit my
eyes. My eyes were closed. I was on my knees with my head on the
ground, but a bright light hit me. I lifted up my eyes and said,
"What is this?" I opened my eyes and I couldn't look in the
light. Even when I closed them, it pierced into my eyes.
I bowed my head again, and I was
trembling and thinking, "What on earth is going on?" Then I
heard a voice, deep and calm. He called my name three times. I
couldn't answer. There was no strength in me to answer, but inwardly
I was saying, "I'm here." He called me—"John"—three
Then He said to me, "I knew you
before the creation of the world, and I chose you and set you apart
to serve Me as a witness in these last days. I want to say to you,
if I had come today to take My Bride, you wouldn't be part of that.
I wouldn't take you."
I can't describe the shock that came
upon me. I think I was in shock. I didn't even respond. It hit me.
He repeated it. He said, "I wouldn't take you. For it is
written, 'He will appear to those who wait upon Him' (Isaiah
You're not living your life as a
person waiting upon Me. You're allowing all kinds of filth to come
into your life. You're living like one who cares not." As I
said, I couldn't speak with my lips.
At that moment I was thinking, "This
can't be happening to me. I gave up my job to serve the Lord; I gave
up my house that my father had given me because I wanted to go to the
mission field. I gave up this, I gave up that; this can't be God
saying to me that He wouldn't take me."
None of my theology and teachings
could accept that. He spoke to me these words written in the book of
1 Corinthians 6.
He quoted them; I found them later. I couldn't even remember that
they were in the Scriptures, but later on I found them in the
It says: "Do you not know that
the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be
deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,
nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God"
(1 Corinthians 6:10).
"THE Heart Is Deceitful Above All
Things, And Desperately Wicked" (Jeremiah17:9).
He went on to say to me, "Your
life is so full of filth. You walk with an outward appearance, and
you cover many things in your heart. You forget that I am the Lord
who examines the heart. You are not ready to meet Me."
He began to say to me, "If your
life is full of this and this and this and this, then are you ready
for My appearance?" As He measured the various things, I could
say, "OK, Lord, have mercy." But then He mentioned one
thing that my heart rejected.
In my own understanding, I had never
turned into that. He said, "Your life is full of fornication."
And everything in me said, "Oh, no. That cannot be." I
said it in my heart, and the voice stopped. For a moment there was
Then He said to me, "There is no
crooked word that comes out of My mouth. Do you call Me a liar? But
because you don't even know your own heart, I will show it to you.
Remember this day when you were in this place at this hour?"
Brothers and sisters, I didn't even
remember. I practically saw myself back in that very moment—not as
a memory, but as a reality. I was back in that moment.
I saw myself sitting in the taxi
waiting for the taxi car to be filled. Then I was looking out at
some lady with all kinds of filthy imaginations. The moment it came
back, I thought, "Oh, God, I have sinned against You." He
said, "No, you haven't sinned. You live in sin. You live in
that. You live from morning to evening in such imaginations.
Even in your bed at night you indulge
in the same. I know every moment of your private life. I know your
thoughts. You don't even fear, even sitting in church. Someone steps
up on the platform to serve Me and you strip them naked in your
imagination. You imagine all kinds of things.
I am the Lord who examines the heart.
Have you not read that he who even looks upon a woman to lust after
her has already committed adultery with her (Matt.
Pictures began to pass before me of
how my imagination works.
This isn't something of which I could
say, "Lord, I fell in sin. Lord, I was weak." It was my
way of life. It was my constant way of life. I was comfortable in
it. I was comfortable that no one else could see it, but God was
saying, "I see it. I am the Lord who examines the heart."
I was so ashamed, but then He said,
"That's not the worst of all. You still live in this."
He began to mention things that appear
humanly small: the envy, the manipulation and undercutting of one
another so that you remain appearing the best, so that you appear to
do the best, to preach the best, to work more miracles, to be more
anointed; all the manipulation and self-promotions, all the grudges
we hold in our hearts when we see someone else being promoted or
recognized before us.
The way the Lord brought it up, it was
so filthy. I cried and cried, and at some point I was so intent on my
grief. Then He raised His voice and said, "Keep quiet and
listen." "I Never
Knew You; Depart From Me, You Who Practice Lawlessness!"
I kept quiet, and He went on and on
and on, unveiling more and more things. Even the things which appear
so small, at that moment appeared so rotten. I felt like I was
standing before the judgment seat with everything being thrown out.
I wanted to say, "Stop, Stop, I accept it all," but He
At some point I was just saying, "I'm
sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry." He said, "Keep quiet."
I wasn't speaking loudly; I was speaking in my heart. He said, "Keep
quiet and listen."
As He continued I thought, "I
must have been deceived. All along I thought I was serving God and
yet I'm so filthy inside. I must have been deceived. The devil must
have taken my life captive a long time ago."
At that moment I thought of the
miracles we were witnessing. I thought of the healings. I thought of
all those wonderful things, and suddenly my heart sunk. I thought,
"The devil has so deceived me that he could even use me to
produce counterfeit miracles; to produce things I thought God was
working—and yet it was the devil all along."
The voice kept quiet for a moment, and
then He said to me, "Why are you imagining such thoughts? I
don't do miracles because you're worthy. I do miracles because I
love My people before whom you stand to preach.”
Have you never read of how they will
come to Me on that day and say, 'Lord, Lord, in Your name we worked
miracles, cast out demons, and prophesied'? Then I will say to them,
'Get out of My sight, you workers of iniquity. I never knew you'"
He said, "Don't depend on the
miracles to assess your worthiness. Your worthiness isn't in the
signs and wonders you witness in ministry. I do miracles because I
love the people, and My name shall never be left without witness on
He said, "Have you not ever read
that without holiness, no one will see God (Hebrews.
12:14)? It's not the
miracles; it's the holiness that comes from God."
He spoke to me the Scripture in the
book of Hebrews.
Do we need to confess our sins as
believers? Should we be sin-conscious? Yes and Yes.
False-grace teachers would say that
it's not necessary to confess sins because there is no sin in us.
God's grace has eradicated it.
Folks, let me be very, very clear:
that is a heretical teaching that absolutely puts people at risk of
1 John 1:8-9 says
“If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we
confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Life Application Bible Notes:
God's people does not mean denying sin (1:8), but confessing it.
Because all people are sinners, Jesus had to die. Because sin is not
completely eradicated from the lives of those who believe in Jesus,
God graciously gave his followers provision for the problem of sin.
It's not only critical, but it's
wonderful to live in a state of continual repentance! God's love for
us is so amazing, that running away from sin and to Him is awe
As we daily allow God to search our
hearts and reveal issues that are barriers to his love fully
impacting us, the freedom and resulting life is amazing!
I often hear people say that
Christians shouldn't be sin-conscious. Not only is that not biblical,
it does us a disservice. Ignoring sin doesn't disarm it; it empowers
it! Allow God to reveal the darkness and set us free!
2 Corinthians 7:1 says
“Since we have these
promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of
the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
We must remain diligent regarding sin.
As we grow in grace and knowledge we will have the strength to remain
2 Peter 3:14 says
since you are waiting for these things, be diligent that you may be
found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.”
2 Peter 3:17-18 says
therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware
lest you also fall from your own firm footing, being led away by the
deception of the wicked. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory, both now and forever.
This is the first in a series of three posts used with permission
Author John Burton At http://www.johnburton.net/.
is a glorious salvation to be had, and the enemy has tainted
powerful, life-giving theologies in an attempt to counterfeit
them—and draw people away from the one true God.
passion is for people to be wildly in love with Him, and that is what
the enemy is afraid of. Instead of radical intimacy and passionate
obedience, people are falling for a lesser, false doctrine that
communicates God's apparent affirmation of them and affection for
them—and it is resulting in a false closeness to him for millions
salvation is glorious and it is also weighty. We can't presume upon
it or take it lightly. I suggest it's possible that most people who
are convinced of their position in Christ would actually be in Hell
if they died today.
will share some convincing and powerful stories that speak directly
to this further down in the article. People like Corrie
have a perspective that few others do.
concept of unsaved
seems contradictory. I understand that. A Christian is a follower of
Jesus. I am suggesting that there are many followers of Jesus, many
who name the name of Christ, who are living their lives following him
in an unsaved condition.
the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'He who has the seven
Spirits of God and the seven stars says these things: I know your
works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain but are ready to
die, for I have not found your works perfected before God.
therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent.
Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and
you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few
names even in Sardis who have not soiled their garments.
shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes
shall be clothed in white garments. I will not blot his name out of
the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and
before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
says to the churches" (Revelation 3:1-6).
are we not free from condemnation if we are in Christ Jesus? Yes.
But, let's look at that verse:
is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"
massive and increasing number of Christians have been lulled into a
slumber regarding the reality of salvation. They have a reputation of
being alive, but are dead because of their sin.
common presumption is now that if we read our Bible, go to church and
identify ourselves as Christians we are automatically exempt from
condemnation. The problem? Too many have not understood just what it
means to be in Christ Jesus.
it's true that countless professing Christians are actually living in
a place of condemnation because they aren't truly in Christ Jesus. We
can't just call ourselves Christians and presume that we are truly in
be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace, for the carnal mind is hostile toward God, for it is not
subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be, and those who are in
the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:6-8).
last 24 years my life and ministry have been marked by a troubled
spirit and an unrelenting passion for extreme surrender, zealous
prayer and an unapologetic call for passion, repentance and holiness.
understand just how separated, intense and broken we must be to truly
be counted among the saved—or, I at least have an understanding of
the type of deception that is causing people to remain careless in
their walk with Jesus.
be a true follower of Jesus requires more than today's theologies are
communicating, and that does indeed both anger and wreck me. This is
why I just cannot lead a church or ministry without an intense,
burning edge to them. Anything short of radical just can't be
is my spirit troubled? Because I am convinced both by Scripture and
by a horrifying encounter I had with the terror of Hell over two
decades ago that a shocking percentage of professing Christians are
on their way to Hell. We must exhort one another into radical faith.
attentive, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving
heart, and you depart from the living God. But exhort one another
daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest any of you be hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:12-13).
risk of falling away is very real, and very terrifying:
it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, who have tasted
the heavenly gift, who shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the
good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall
away, to be renewed once more to repentance, since they again crucify
to themselves the Son of God and subject Him to public shame"
The world system, through false doctrine and false teaching, would
like us to believe that there are many ways to get to Heaven.
Its many false teachers and preachers would like us to believe that:
If we are good enough;
If we do enough good works;
If we give enough to the right causes;
If we practice the right religion, Or
If we belong to the right church;
God will open up the doors of Heaven and let us in.
And, they would also like us to believe that a kind and loving God
would not send anyone to Hell.
ALL OF THIS IS A BLATANT LIE – NONE OF IT IS THE TRUTH!
Hell is a terrible place that was prepared for Satan and the other
fallen angels. God doesn't want any of us to go there.
2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his
promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
But, because of the original sin
committed by our common ancestors, Adam and Eve, there had to be a
perfect sacrifice to keep everyone from going there.
The Bible (God's Authoritative Word) clearly states that we
will all spend eternity in one of two places – Heaven or Hell.
Where we spend eternity depends on the choice we make while we are
HERE IS THE TRUTH
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God's one and only son, left Heaven, came down to earth, was
conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, grew up and lived
a perfect sinless life, shed His blood, took God's entire wrath upon
Himself, and died a horrible death on the cross just so we might be
3 days later, He rose from the dead, spent a few days with His
disciples, and then ascended back into Heaven where He sits at the
right hand of the Father acting as our personal mediator. See
“Jesus answered “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me.”
everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
says “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name
under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your
heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it
is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with
your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
says “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one
is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved
and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and
one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”
has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything
we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was
given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”
If you accept God's Free Gift Of Salvation (Jesus Christ), all your
sins will be forgiven, you will be saved, you will be adopted as
God's child, you will be made a joint heir with Jesus, your name will
be written down in the Lamb's Book of Life, and your eternal home in
Heaven will be assured.
HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE
If you want to spend eternity in
Heaven, you must accept God's Free Gift Of Salvation
(Jesus Christ) and make Him Lord of your life. This is still the one
and only way to Heaven!
If you reject Jesus, God's Free
Gift, Hell will be
your eternal home. You don't want to go there!
You have heard the lies. Now you have heard the truth. What you do
with it and the choice you make is strictly up to you!
– A strong passion or emotion of displeasure caused by a sense of
injury or insult, usually antagonistic and excited and directed
toward a person, event, or situation.
37:8 says “Refrain
and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.”
Envy Or Covetousness –
Being discontented or resentful or longing after the good fortune of
another. Wanting what someone else has.
heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy
rots the bones.”
3:16 says “For
where you have envy
and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil
– Being Idle or Unwilling to work. Also includes Indifference and
an “I Don't Care Attitude”.
brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.”
10:18 says “Through
the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.”
A desire to acquire things beyond reason. Many people are chasing the
almighty dollar and wanting more power, prestige, and position while
ignoring family, friends, and other responsibilities.
of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy
person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the
kingdom of Christ and of God.”
A natural sexual instinct or sinful desire that's gotten off track.
Lust is rampant in our American culture. Pornography is now a $7 to
$8 Billion Dollar Industry in the United States alone.
I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Gluttony– Excessive Eating or Drinking. Many of us are eating and drinking
too much and are literally killing ourselves with clogged arteries,
high blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, and other self
inflicted infirmities. Examples: eating fried and other foods that
we know are bad for us and drinking too much coke and other beverages
containing way too much sugar.
drunkards and gluttons
become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”
Having an excessively high opinion of our self and being conceited.
This is the most deadly sin of all because it makes us want to appear
wiser, smarter, bigger, better, richer, finer, and more righteous
than we really are. Some people, in an attempt to appear better off
than they really are, have a bunch of credit cards all maxed out and,
in reality, are completely broke.
16:18 says “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty
spirit before a fall”.
God to search our hearts
and reveal any sins
just don't want to own up to.
know for sure where you are going when you die? Are you ready?
of us have had or, if we live long enough, will have conflicts in our
personal relationships. How we handle and resolve
these conflicts is very important.
dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be
quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
are the 5 keys needed to successfully resolve
most of your conflicts.
# 1: BE QUICK TO LISTEN
we listen, we encourage the other person to talk. Listening
also helps us to understand the other person and where they are
of us do not really listen like we should because we are defensive,
we assume we already know what they are going to say next, or we're
thinking about what we're going to say back to them.
A Conflict, Here Is What You Should Do:
not merely with your ears, but observe and listen with your eyes;
on what the other person is saying, not what you are thinking;
the meaning behind the words without jumping to conclusions.
Note: If you
are not sure what you think they said, replay their statement back
# 2: BE SLOW TO SPEAK
gave us two ears and one mouth. This may mean that we are to listen
more and speak a whole lot less.
Are 4 Scriptures That Tell Us To
What We Say During A Conflict.
the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his
who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of
a calm spirit.”
guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”
a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by
his many words.”
# 3: BE SLOW TO BECOME ANGRY
not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom
who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his
spirit than he who takes a city.”
angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”
angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in
words spoken in anger are very difficult if not impossible to
retract.Keep your words soft and sweet, you may have to eat them!
# 4: BE LOVING AND KIND
Corinthians 13:4-7 says
suffers long and
kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed
not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no
evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears
all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all
will never resolve any conflict by playing destructive games. Please
don't ever do the following:
the other person;
you know everything about the other person;
that every detail be correct;
by force – verbal or physical;
the other person tosomeone
superior or “holier than thou”;
up past conflicts that have nothing do do with the current conflict.
# 5: ATTEMPT TO SET THE STAGE BEFORE YOUR CONFLICT
have your conflict before eating a meal, going to church or a social
have your conflict when you or the other person are angry.
it in the right place when only the participants are involved (
never in front of children ).
in control of your tone of voice.
there are exceptions to the above, but if you use these 5 Keys and
use them wisely, you should be able to successfully resolve most of