Christ Church (Parish) Church
Westmorland Street at Charlotte, Fredericton
Facilitator: Canon Jim Irvine
Mark: Voices at Midnight
Mark's account of the Trial
They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the
elders, and the scribes were assembled.
Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the
high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the
Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony
against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.
For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not
Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying,
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands,
and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’”
But even on this point their testimony did not agree.
Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Have you no
answer? What is it that they testify against you?”
But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him,
“Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
Jesus said, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right
hand of the Power,’ and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’”
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need
You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them
condemned him as deserving death.
Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying
to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him over and beat him.
While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the
high priest came by.
67 When she saw
Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You also were with
Jesus, the man from Nazareth.”
But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are
talking about.” And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock
And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the
bystanders, “This man is one of them.”
But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again
said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.”
But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you
are talking about.”
72 At that moment
the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus
had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three
times.” And he broke down and wept.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the
elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away,
and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You
Then the chief priests accused him of many things.
Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they
bring against you.”
But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for
whom they asked.
Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed
murder during the insurrection.
So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his
Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the
For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had
handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas
for them instead.
Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man
you call the King of the Jews?”
They shouted back, “Crucify him!”
Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the
more, “Crucify him!”
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and
after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the
governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort.
And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns
into a crown, they put it on him.
And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage
After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own
clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
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