The Night He Was Betrayed
The series of events in the overnight hours prior to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ were of high drama and emotion, among the most important and fateful of all Bible History.
The Night He Was Betrayed
The series of events:
- The "Last Supper" observed, as recorded in Matthew 26:17-29, Mark 14:12-25, Luke 22:7-38, and John chapters 13 and 14.
- At about 8 or 9 p.m., He went out, crossed the Kidron Valley, and entered the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives (in photo) where He prayed, and was arrested. Peter resorted to (attempted) deadly force to defend the Messiah (Peter wasn't merely trying to slice off a man's ear - see Malchus), an unnecessary act, since the Lord already had all of the protection that He needed (see Stand Back Now, Let It Happen) (Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-52, Luke 22:39-53, John 18:1-11).
- Jesus was then taken to the house of the Caiaphas, the high priest, where the Sanhedrin (see Sadducees and Pharisees) had assembled, and was held there from about midnight to dawn. After courageously fighting for The Lord just before, Peter then denied three times that he even knew Jesus, followed by the rooster crowing, just as Jesus said would happen (Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-65, John 18:12-27). Early that morning, Judas Iscariot went off and hanged himself (Matthew 27:1-9).
- At daybreak Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate (Luke 22:66-71, 23:1-3) who declared that "I find no fault in this man" (Luke 23:4 KJV). He then sent Jesus to Herod Antipas (see The Herods), who happened to be in Jerusalem at the time (Luke 23:6-7).Throughout the entire night, Jesus had been brutalized and mocked (see What Have We Done?)
- Herod Antipas (who was the son of Herod The Great, who had tried to kill the Christ as an infant; Herod Antipas was responsible for the killing of John the Baptist - see John's Last Days), after listening to the accusations, also declared Jesus an innocent man, having done nothing deserving death (Luke 23:6-15). He then sent Him back to Pilate.
- Pilate again tried to have Jesus released, but eventually gave in to the crowd. He released the murderer Barabbas, and handed Jesus over to be crucified, knowing full well that He was an innocent man (Luke 23:13-25).
- Jesus was then taken out of the city for the Crucifixion at Calvary (Matthew 27:32-56, Mark 15:16-41, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:16-37) (see also How Did Jesus Christ Die?)
- The entombment by Joseph Of Arimathea and Nicodemus, possibly in the The Garden Tomb (Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42).
Fact Finder: Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, never sinned. But could He have sinned?
See Could Jesus Have Sinned?