ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 443

into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has
given me?”
So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up. First they took him to Annas, since he was
the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest at that time. Caiaphas was
the one who had told the other Jewish leaders, “It’s better that one man
should die for the people.”
Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the
high priest’s courtyard with Jesus. Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then
the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the
gate, and she let Peter in. The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that
man’s disciples, are you?”
“No,” he said, “I am not.”
Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a
charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood
with them, warming himself.
Inside, the high priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what
he had been teaching them. Jesus replied, “Everyone knows what I teach.
I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the
people gather. I have not spoken in secret. Why are you asking me this
question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.”
Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the
face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.
Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m
speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”
Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest.
Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they
asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?”
He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”
But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the
man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the
olive grove with Jesus?” Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster
Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning.
Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t

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