Collection: Scriptural Stations of the Cross 03 - Jesus is Accused by the Sanhedrin

ARTIST: Julie Lonneman


Those who had apprehended Jesus led him off to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders were convened. The chief priests, with the whole Sanhedrin, were busy trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death. They discovered none, despite the many false witnesses who took the stand. Finally two came forward who stated: “This man has declared, ‘I can destroy God’s sanctuary and rebuild it in three days.’” The high priest rose to his feet and addressed him: “Have you no answer to the testimony leveled against you?” But Jesus remained silent. The high priest then said to him: “I order you to tell us under oath before the living God whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus answered: “It is you who say it. But I tell you this: Soon you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” At this the high priest tore his robes: “He has blasphemed! What further need have we of witnesses? Remember, you heard the blasphemy. What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death!”
(Matthew 26: 57-66)