Jesus begins His road to the cross by way of facing the religious establishment of the time. Although, He has committed no crime He has been arrested, and is being treated as a criminal. His crime? Claiming to be the the Messiah, and having equality with God.
66 When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying, 67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe ; 68 and if I ask a question, you will not answer. 69 “But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.” 70 And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then ?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony ? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.” – Luke 22: 66-71
The Hour is Coming.
Condemned by the Jews He is then brought before Pilate by the Sanhedrin. In hopes of Pilate imposing capital punishment they begin to hurl accusations about Jesus. Jesus will go before King Herod, and then back to Pilate and there will be nothing sufficient discovered to find Jesus guilty of any charges or to impose a death sentence. But over the course of time the anger, accusations, and hatred grow. The people want Jesus dead to the point that they rather Pilate allow a robber to be released so that Jesus can die.
13 Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. 15 “No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. 16 “Therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” 17 [Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.] 18 But they cried out all together, saying, “Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas !” 19 (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.) 20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, 21 but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” 22 And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done ? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death ; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” 23 But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. 24 And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. 25 And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will. – Luke 13-25
The Hour is Coming.
Jesus will begin the most agonizing hours of His life here on Earth. God the Son that was involved in creation of the universe and everything in it being clothed in flesh will suffer greatly. He will be beaten, and whipped beyond recognition. The soldiers that mock Him, and pierce His head with a crown of thorns. He will carry the cross that He will be nailed to and crucified on. He will be rejected by many, and His heavenly Father will pour His wrath for the sins of humanity upon Jesus.
16 So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. 17 They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. 18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 20 Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city ; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews ‘; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic ; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. 24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture : “THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS.” 25 Therefore the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son !” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother !” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished !” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.- John 19: 16-30
Jesus dies on the cross. Jesus has satisfied the payment for the sins of all of humanity past, present, and future. He has done this so that all of humanity can be restored to a right relationship with God the Father. His side is pierced and His legs are broken before His body is taken down. He is placed in a tomb to be guarded by Roman soldiers. It seems that all may be lost by His disciples, and followers. I am sure that grief and fear my have struck the Apostles as their Master, and Teacher has been killed. But it does not end there.
The hour is coming!