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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
91

So they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium;
it was early morning,
and they did not enter the praetorium,
so that they might not be defiled
but might eat the Passover.

Therefore Pilate went outside to them and said,
"What accusation are you bringing against this person?"

They answered him, "If he were not doing evil,
we would not have given him over to you;"
and they began to accuse him,
"We found this one perverting our nation
and forbidding us to pay taxes to Caesar,
and saying that he himself is Christ a king."

Pilate said to them, "You take him,
and judge him according to your law."

The Jews said to him,
"It is not permitted for us to kill anyone;"
so that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled
which he said signifying by what death he was about to die.

So Pilate went back into the praetorium and called Jesus
and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"

Jesus answered, "You say it.
Do you say this from yourself,
or did others tell you about me?"

Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew?
Your nation and the high priests gave you over to me;
what did you do?"

Jesus answered, "My sovereignty is not of this world;
if my sovereignty were of this world,
my attendants would have fought,
so that I might not be given over to the Jews;
but now my sovereignty is not from here."

Therefore Pilate asked him, "So are you a king?"

Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king.
I have been born for this
and for this I have come into the world,
so that I might testify to the truth;
everyone who is of the truth hears my voice."

Pilate said to him, "What is truth?"
Having said this he went out again to the Jews,
and he said to them, "I find no guilt in this person."

But they insisted saying, "He stirs up the people,
teaching throughout all Judea,
beginning from Galilee even up to here."

When he was accused by the high priests and elders,
he did not answer at all.

Then Pilate questioned him again,
"Are you not answering anything?
Don't you hear how many things
they are testifying against you?"

Jesus did not answer him with even one word,
so that the governor really wondered.

Pilate having heard the Jews,
questioned if the person was Galilean,
and discovering that he was under the authority of Herod,
he sent him up to Herod,
as he was also in Jerusalem during these days.

Seeing Jesus, Herod was very glad;
for he had been wanting to see him for a long time
because he had heard about him,
and he hoped to see some miracle performed by him.
He questioned him with considerable words;
but he did not answer anything.

The high priests and the scholars stood
accusing him vehemently.
Herod with his soldiers having despised him and mocked him,
dressing him in bright garments
they sent him back to Pilate.
Herod and Pilate became friends with each other on that day;
for previously they had been at enmity with each other.

91. Pilate and Herod Question Jesus Harmony 91 * Interpretation 91
92. Pilate Punishes Jesus Harmony 92 * Synthesis 92 * Interpretation 92

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