Bible: Jn 18:18-40

18:18 (Now the slaves 1  and the guards 2  were standing around a charcoal fire they had made, warming themselves because it was cold. 3  Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.) 4 

Jesus Questioned by Annas

18:19 While this was happening, 5  the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 6  18:20 Jesus replied, 7 I have spoken publicly to the world. I always taught in the synagogues 8  and in the temple courts, 9  where all the Jewish people 10  assemble together. I 11  have said nothing in secret. 18:21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said. 12  They 13  know what I said.” 18:22 When Jesus 14  had said this, one of the high priest’s officers who stood nearby struck him on the face and said, 15 Is that the way you answer the high priest? 18:23 Jesus replied, 16 If I have said something wrong, 17  confirm 18  what is wrong. 19  But if I spoke correctly, why strike me? 18:24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, 20  to Caiaphas the high priest. 21 

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

18:25 Meanwhile Simon Peter was standing in the courtyard 22  warming himself. They said to him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” 23  Peter 24  denied it: “I am not! 18:26 One of the high priest’s slaves, 25  a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, 26  said, “Did I not see you in the orchard 27  with him? 28  18:27 Then Peter denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed. 29 

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

18:28 Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s residence. 30  (Now it was very early morning.) 31  They 32  did not go into the governor’s residence 33  so they would not be ceremonially defiled, but could eat the Passover meal. 18:29 So Pilate came outside to them and said, “What accusation 34  do you bring against this man? 35  18:30 They replied, 36 If this man 37  were not a criminal, 38  we would not have handed him over to you.” 39 

18:31 Pilate told them, 40 Take him yourselves and pass judgment on him 41  according to your own law!” 42  The Jewish leaders 43  replied, 44 We cannot legally put anyone to death.” 45  18:32 (This happened 46  to fulfill the word Jesus had spoken when he indicated 47  what kind of death he was going to die. 48 )

Pilate Questions Jesus

18:33 So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, 49  summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews? 50  18:34 Jesus replied, 51 Are you saying this on your own initiative, 52  or have others told you about me? 18:35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? 53  Your own people 54  and your chief priests handed you over 55  to me. What have you done?

18:36 Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being 56  handed over 57  to the Jewish authorities. 58  But as it is, 59  my kingdom is not from here.” 18:37 Then Pilate said, 60 So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to 61  my voice.” 18:38 Pilate asked, 62 What is truth?” 63 

When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders 64  and announced, 65 I find no basis for an accusation 66  against him. 18:39 But it is your custom that I release one prisoner 67  for you at the Passover. 68  So do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews? 18:40 Then they shouted back, 69 Not this man, 70  but Barabbas!” 71  (Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. 72 ) 73 

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