JESUS WAS TRIED AND CONDEMNED FOR US
Luke 22:63-23:25 (Key verse: 22:69-70)
“‘But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.’ They all asked, ‘Are you then the Son of God?’ He replied, ‘You are right in saying I am.’”
Read 22:63-65. How was Jesus treated by the guards? How might this unnerve most men?
Read verses 66-69. Who interrogated Jesus at daybreak? What question was he asked? Even though he knew that they would not believe him, or respond to his answer, how did he answer? What did his answer in v. 69 mean?
Read verses 70-71. What did they ask him? How does this question reveal their understanding of who the Messiah is? What was his clear confession of his own identity? What then is their charge against him?
Read 23:1-3. What charge did they bring against him to Pilate? (23:2) What did Jesus answer? What does this mean? (Mt 2:2; Mic 5:2) Contrast Jesus before his interrogators with Peter before his (22:54-62).
Read 23:4-12. What did Pilate initially conclude about Jesus? Why? How did Pilate try to pass the buck? What was the result?
How did Pilate try to defend Jesus? (23:6-7, 13-16, 18-23) Read verses 18-25. How and why did Pilate compromise? What was the crowd’s demand? Why did Pilate finally surrender Jesus to their will?