Posted on 27-Dec-2014
If one were to go back around five hours before Jesus death at the cross, Jesus trial that would send him to the cross would be going on. It was that trial that condemned him to death.
Yet, the trial was unfair towards Jesus and illegal. A case in which the punishment was death is called a capital case. A capital case needs twenty-three judges, but there were only around two to four judges there.
A capital case can not be held at night, but Matthew 26:31 says, "Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me...”. He was arrested around one hour after saying that, so it would still be night when he had his trial.
A trial can not be held on the eve of the sabbath. Neither does the judges start by attempting to convict the accused in a capital case, they are supposed to start by defending the accused, which in this case was Jesus. The trial was supposed to be in the temple, not at Caiaphas house, for Matthew 26:57-58 says: “Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest...” Additionally, the conviction must be decided after 24 hours or one day. Yet, before they condemn Jesus to death, two or more witnesses is needed to prove that the accused is truly worthy of death. The Sadducee and the pharisees that were trying to kill Jesus produced many witnesses, but all of them were proven to be false. Please note that any witnesses found to be false should be punished with death, giving the Sanhedrin even more capital cases. But in this case, it was not recorded that the false witnesses were punished at all.
The conclusion is, Jesus trial was totally illegal and unfair towards Jesus. Number one, There were probably not enough judges to even start the case in the first place ( it was held at three o’clock in the morning, very few can actually wake up that early, much less twenty- three people). Number two, it was held at an illegal place and at an illegal time. Three, the trial began with condemning the accused, not acquitting. Last but not least, many of the so called “witnesses” were proved to false and yet were not punished.
Then again, the whole reason for the trial was to restore the relationship that was lost when Eve touched the forbidden fruit, not to prove that the Pharisees were false priests. Jesus went through a lot for us, it would only be right to give the praise that we owe God.