SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
CLASS: JSS 2
TERM: 3rd TERM
TOPIC: THE TRIALS OF CHRIST
THE TRIALS OF CHRIST (MATT 26:57-68)
There were basically two separate trials of Jesus – The Jewish trial and the Roman trial. After Judas hadbetrayed Jesus Christ, he was arrested and taken to Caiaphas, the high priest where the members of Sanhedrin– The highest Jewish council- gathered. There Jesus was tried and found guilty of blasphemy for claiming to bethe son of God. The punishment for this offence by Jewish law is the death penalty, but being a colony of theRoman Empire, they did not have power to pass the death sentence. They had to take Jesus to Pontius Pilate, theRoman representative he was tried the second time and found guilty, although he was innocent.
What are trials?
CHRIST BEFORE THE HIGH PRIEST: -
Christ was arrested and taken away . Those who seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where thescribes and the elders had gathered. Jesus was accused of blasphemy. He was asked to defend himself, but Jesusdid not answer a word.
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JESUS
Narrate the trial of Jesus before the High Priest.
CHRIST BEFORE THE ROMAN AUTHORITY Matt. 27:11-31
Instead of the former religious charge of blasphemy for which the highest Jewish court the Sanhedrin hadcondemned him they now brought three new political charges against him knowing fully that Pilate was moreinterested in political than religious charges. The new charges were as follow:
Pilate knowing that Jesus was accused out of envy, tries to set him free, Pilate’s wife told him not to haveanything to do with the death of Christ having told him the dream she had Pilate washed his hands and have
Barabbas released to them. Having flogged Jesus, they led him off to be crucified.
CHRIST BEFORE HEROD – Luke 23:6-12
According to Luke when Pilate learnt that the man was a Galilean which was within Herod’s Jurisdiction hesent him over to Herod who was himself in Jerusalem .When Herod saw Jesus, he was glad, for he had longdesired to see him. He had heard about Jesus and he was anxious to see some signs performed by him.
Herod questioned Jesus at length but Jesus did not reply him, not minding that the chief priest and thePharisees were accusing him vehemently. However, Herod and his soldiers treated Christ with contempt andmockery. The trial of Christ gave Herod and Pilate an opportunity to reconcile for they were enemies before thattime.
Significance of the trials of Christ
GENERAL EVALUATION/ Revision Questions
Christian Religious knowledge for JSS. BK 2,by T.N.O Quarcoopome eta’l.Page:107,111-112,119-129
Christian Religious knowledge for JSS. BK 1-3 by A.F Bello.Page:193,199.
Fundanmental of Christian Religious Knowledge for JSS. BK 2, by Adeyinka et al 24-25.
Ilesanmi Christian Religion Studies for JssBk 2 ByTundeErumol et al.
Revised Standard Version Bible (Compulsory).
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