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Station of the Cross # 6

Jesus' Trial

Read Matthew 26:57-60, 27:27-31

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnessescame forward.

Finally two came forward

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Imagine yourself in Peter's shoes.  You are looking out over the courtyard where Jesus is being tried and mocked.  You know that he is being unjustly accused.  As you stand here, you see men telling lies about him.  You watch him being beaten and mocked.  

Here is the man you have followed for three years, the man you had put all your hope in, being sentenced to death.  In your heart you have believed he is God, the promised Messiah of the Jewish people.

Your whole world is crashing around you, and worst of all, you have denied that you even know him.

Think about the crown of thorns used by angry solders to wound and humiliate Jesus.  Bring the thorn-like object from your bag.  What do you want to tell Jesus right now?


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