The Trial of Jesus
Today's reading recounts the trial of Jesus before the Jewish council (known as the Sanhedrin), the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, and the Judean King Herod. Mostly, Jesus remained silent in the face of questioning. Despite finding little actionable evidence, the Roman leaders bowed to the pressures of the Sanhedrin and the public outcry and sentenced Jesus to death. The last attempt to spare his life was rebuffed by the crowd, who asked for the release of Barabbas instead.
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