When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.
And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius
Pilate the governor.
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, "Are
You the King of the Jews?" So Jesus said to him, "It is as you say."12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered
nothing.13 Then Pilate said to Him, "Do You not hear how many things they testify against
You?"14 And He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the
elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him
Then Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered and
said to him, "It is as you say."
And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.
Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, "Do You answer nothing? See how many
things they testify against You!"
But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.
Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.
And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this fellow perverting the
nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King."
Then Pilate asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered him
and said, "It is as you say."
So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no fault in this
But they were the more fierce, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching
throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place."
28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the
Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.29 Pilate then went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against
this Man?"30 They answered and said to him, "If He were not an evildoer, we would not have
delivered Him up to you."31 Then Pilate said to them, "You take Him and judge Him according to your law."
Therefore the Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put anyone to
death,"32 that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what
death He would die.33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, "Are
You the King of the Jews?"34 Jesus answered him, "Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this about Me?"35 Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have
delivered You to me. What have You done?"36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My
servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My
kingdom is not from here."37 Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this
cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."38 Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out
again to the Jews, and said to them, "I find no fault in Him at all.
"I marvel that whereas the
ambitious dreams of myself, Caesar, and Alexander should have
vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant - Jesus should be able to
stretch his hands across the centuries and control the destinies of
men and nations." - Napoleon
I Bonaparte (1809)