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The Arrest and trial of jesus

            In children's church, one is taught that Jesus died for our sins. There is actually a lot more to it than that. Jesus was accused of committing blasphemy, which means a crime against God (Doney 15). He was also accused of treason against Rome (Doney 15). These are both reasons for his arrest but there is still more to it than that. .
             "The establishment of Judaism clearly saw that Jesus threatened their law, their way of life, and the very existence of their nation," (Grosenore 302). "It was the hostility of the Jewish religious leaders to Jesus that led to his arrest and execution," (Greer 42). "The priests in council moved to arrest Jesus," (Grosenore 302). His captors had come for him at night because they had feared that His followers would be too willing to fight for him and they were not interested in a small battle (Gorman 92). When the men came for Jesus, He boldly admitted that He was the one that they were looking for, and said that if He was who they were looking for then to let His disciples go (Gorman 89-90). Jesus was quickly arrested because he did not fight back at all (Gorman 90).
             After Jesus was arrested, He was taken to the former high priest Annas (Gorman 95). "Jesus was first questioned about His teaching by Annas," (Doney 15). "For most of his trials, he said nothing: when he did speak, he was little short of offensive to those who had his life in their hands," (Clarke 72). Jesus responded this way to Annas (Gorman 96). Annas became frustrated with Jesus so he sent Him to Caiaphas, who was the current High Priest, and also Annas" son-in-law (Doney 15). Annas did not ask Jesus anything certain but Caiaphas plainly asked him if he claimed to be the Messiah to which Jesus replied, "I am" (Doney 15). This was grounds for accusing Him of committing blasphemy, which means a crime against God (Doney 15). "Condemned for blasphemy by his priestly opponents, Jesus was taken before Pontius Pilate; he was the Roman governor and had to review any case involving the death penalty," (Grosenore 304).

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