The Trials of Yeshua
Yudas Iscariot meets with the Sanhedrin to inform them of Yeshua's
whereabouts. They question him as to his motives and then send
guards to arrest Yeshua in the Garden of Gethsemane. -In his
fervent desire to protect Yeshua Cephas swings his sword and
cuts the ear off one of the guards. Yeshua fully restores the
mans ear and asks him to repent of his sins and heretofore live
his life worthy of the Celestine Light that has been given to
him. -Yeshua is condemned by the Sanhedrin and held in a wine
cellar where Miriam appears to him and upon her request, he
gives a full explanation of why he did what he did in the Garden
of Gethsemane. -Yeshua is handed over to the Roman Governor of
Palestine, Pontius Pilate for final judgment. In a
self-righteous rage, Pilate denounces Yeshua and sentences him
to 50 lashes, after which time he will carry his own cross to
the spot where he will be crucified, naked.
Yudas Iscariot comes before the Sanhedrin
1 During the time that Yeshua was
in the Garden of Gethsemane Yudas Iscariot went to the Sanhedrin who
were meeting at the palace of Caiaphas, as Yeshua had secretly
2 When it was recognized who he
was, one of the principal disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth, he was
brought before Caiaphas who asked his father-in-law Annas, the former
Chief Judge, to question Yudas.
3 Though Annas had officially
retired and used his influence with the Roman governor Pontius Pilate to
see his son-in-law Caiaphas made Chief Judge in his stead, he still held
great influence over the Sanhedrin.
4 As evening fell, Yudas was
brought into a chamber with only a short roof around its perimeter,
where Annas and Caiaphas sat on small high-backed seats surrounded by
more than a dozen of the greater Sanhedrin standing behind them.
Servants went around the room lighting torches on the walls and on posts
in the ground of the courtyard.
5 Yudas began to speak but Annas
held up his hand and demanded, “Silence! I will let you know when you
6 Then Annas looked at Yudas as a
predator contemplates its prey. He studied him in silence for several
minutes until the quiet became uncomfortable for many in the room and
they began to shuffle their feet and sigh.
7 “Why are you here, follower of
the blasphemer?” Annas asked at last.
8 “I...,” Yudas stammered. He
closed his eyes and taking a deep breath and exhaling he continued,
saying, “I have come to lead you to a place where Yeshua is sleeping
this night. He is away from the crowds of people and alone with only his
9 From Yeshua's previous
encounters with the Sanhedrin and particularly Caiaphas, I have sensed
that the Sanhedrin would appreciate the opportunity to bring Yeshua
before them in secrecy, to question him without fear of the wrath of the
people who hold him in great esteem.”
10 “Very thoughtful of you,”
Annas said with slight sarcasm. “But why would you, one of the
blasphemer's principal followers, betray him in this manner? It would
seem that this must be more of a trap for us than it is for him.”
11 “I assure you it is not,”
Yudas affirmed. “What could he do to you? He is but a poor man from
Galilee and you are the Chief Judges of the Greater Sanhedrin.”
12 “Why are you doing this then?”
13 “It is something I must do to
serve God,” answered Yudas.
14 “Betrayal is a terrible stigma
from which you will never be washed, even though in your mind your
motivations may be noble and serving of God,” Annas replied.
15 “I know,” Yudas said quietly
as he hung his head and looked at the ground.
16 “It is not often that we
encounter someone so devoted to God that they would willingly sacrifice
their reputation, and maybe even their life if their former associates
seek vengeance,” Annas ventured.
17 “You do understand that if we
judge him to be guilty of blasphemy or sacrilege, we may be compelled to
seek his death?”
18 Yudas with his head still
hanging toward the ground, nodded in silent affirmation.
19 “Even so, I am not sure I
believe you or your simple reason for why you would do this,” continued
Annas. “And that makes me suspect your motives.”
20 Caiaphas then leaned over
toward his father-in-law and whispered something in his ear.
21 Annas perked up upon hearing
the words of Caiaphas and immediately looked to Yudas and asked, “You
are named Yudas Iscariot?”
22 “That is one form of my name,”
23 “Then you are not only a
Zealot, but also a Sicarii?” Annas asked. “That would explain a great
deal. So you are a zealot among the Zealots.”
24 “That part of my past is known
to but a few. I doubt you deduced it from the Greek version of my name
in which my past is hidden. Instead your spies must be commendably
good,” Yudas replied.
25 “Yes they are,” Annas
affirmed. “Of course, you looked to this man Yeshua to be the Messiah
and now you are wallowing in disappointment, as are all the Zealots,
when you find he has no intention of leading you in a revolt against the
26 “It is true,” Yudas answered.
“I have seen him as the Messiah. But I know he is not going to lead even
a small uprising against the Romans; let alone overthrow their rule.”
27 “Why come to us?” asked
Caiaphas. “You are a Sicarii; why not just slip your blade into him
while he sleeps and then your disappointment is ended, as is his life,
without risking political or religious turmoil?”
28 Yudas shook his head with
vigor, saying, “No, not in any circumstance could I take his life or any
mans except in defense of my own. I come before you because I know I
must. But I love him still.”
29 “What a pot of puke!” yelled
Caiaphas. “We should judge you for being king of the liars. You come to
betray your leader but you say you still have great affection for him.
You claim you are a Sicarii, but also that you would only kill a man in
self-defense. You contradict your own statements and must consider us
idiots if you think we would believe a word of it.”
30 Then looking to his
father-in-law, Caiaphas said, “We should not listen further to this
Yudas, but put him away where no one will ever hear of him again. He
lies like a serpent and undoubtedly desires to lead us into a trap of
some type to embarrass the Sanhedrin in front of the people.
31 Let us be the masters of our
own destiny and wait for Yeshua of Nazareth to return to Jerusalem, then
follow him and take him while he sleeps and bring him before us to make
an account and receive judgment.”
32 At the words of Caiaphas many
of the Sanhedrin standing behind him voiced their approval and Annas
nodded his head in agreement, saying, “You speak with wise words my son.
Let us not go off upon unknown paths, but wait with patience for a time
and place of our choosing.”
33 Yudas was now in a quandary.
He had been given a mission to bring the Sanhedrin to Yeshua, but now it
seemed all he had accomplished was to be sent to a Roman prison himself.
34 Thinking quickly he said,
“Most learned judges. I have more to say that bears weight upon this
matter, and would ask that you withhold your judgment until you have
heard all of the facts.”
35 Caiaphas rolled his hand in a
forward motion indicating that Yudas should continue speaking.
36 Yudas said unto them, “I have
no desire to be sent to prison. Nor would my wife or children appreciate
it. I have not come here to deceive you, but have spoken only the truth.
37 Yeshua of Nazareth is alone
with his Apostles and two wives at this time.
38 I was a Sicarii but not a
typical one. I honored the commandments of Sinai, therefore could not
take a life except in defense of my own. I was known to sometimes
provoke situations with my adversaries in which I needed to defend
myself, but that was unusual.
39 More often I did not find it
necessary to kill. In truth, if the dagger is used as a tool of
persuasion rather than one of final judgment, it is far more effective.
If you kill a man, little is accomplished; but if you put fear in his
heart that he could die at any time from unknown assailants, he becomes
a reliable source of influence and treasure.
40 That is my past, not my
present. If you so easily recognized my past in the name I took during
those times, I think it is time that I change my name again.
41 I am a loyal follower of
Yeshua of Nazareth, and now and more than ever keep the Commandments of
Sinai and the teachings of Yeshua, that life is precious.
42 It is you that have accused me
of being here to betray Yeshua. The opposite is true. I am here because
he asked me to come to you and invite you to come and take him.
43 I think is testing you to see
if you have the gumption to dare lay hands upon him, even when there are
none of the people present to witness if you fail.
44 You had him standing before
you in recent days and yet he walked away of his own will. Personally I
am convinced that without his agreement, you could never take him, try
him, judge him, or do anything to him.
45 Your actions now bear witness
to this very fact. You are so afraid of him that you have become
impotent and cannot even move from your chairs toward him.
46 Nor have you cause to hold me
or see me sent to a Roman prison, for I have done nothing but speak the
truth to you. Why should I suffer because you are too afraid to act when
the opportunity is given to you to defend what you believe?”
47 “You dare speak to us in this
insolent manner?” demanded Caiaphas.
48 “If you are unaccustomed to
hearing the truth, then surely you had better stay far away from Yeshua
of Nazareth,” Yudas replied.
49 Caiaphas was about to reply
but Annas cut him off with a gesture; then looked to Yudas and said,
“You are sly Yudas Iscariot and think to goad us by using our own pride
against us. I see what you are doing, but I am nevertheless affected by
50 We will send a contingent of
guards to follow you to the place where you say Yeshua of Nazareth is
almost alone. They may not be familiar with his appearance; therefore,
you will go to him directly and kiss him on the cheek so the guards are
sure of who to take.
51 If everything is as you have
said and we take him prisoner, you shall be rewarded with thirty pieces
of silver. But if everything is not exactly as you have said, then it is
you that our guards shall return to us, and you who will never see the
light of day again.”
52 “Agreed,” Yudas replied.
Shortly afterwards, about two dozen Sanhedrin guards armed with short
swords and staves were assembled and followed Yudas out onto the street,
their torches flickering in the darkness of the night.
Arrest of Yeshua in the Garden of Gethsemane
53 The Apostles had been both
sitting and standing as they listened to Yeshua sharing with them the
great importance of what had transpired at the Garden of Gethsemane.
54 Yeshua stopped speaking when
they all saw the approaching lights of many torches and heard a number
of people coming toward the garden. Soon they saw Yudas Iscariot come
through the gate at the head of a group of armed guards from the
55 Immediately Cephas spoke with
urgency to Yeshua saying, “Flee out the back gate; we will hold them
until you are away.”
56 But Yeshua did not move and
instead remained standing serenely as a summer's morning, looking at
Yudas and the men approaching. He calmly told Cephas, “Fear not my
brother. This is as I told you it would be. Be strong in your spirit.”
57 “I cannot,” Cephas replied
with anguish. “I cannot see you taken to be tortured and killed like a
common thief. There must be another way.”
58 “This is the way I have
chosen,” Yeshua answered. “Please honor me by honoring my choice. And
worry not for the pains of mortality. The soul is not the body and
neither these men, or the Sanhedrin, or the Romans can do aught to my
59 Yudas approached Yeshua with
his head bowed and lifted it only enough to give him a kiss on the
60 Yeshua put both of his hands
upon the head of Yudas and said unto him, “Well done good and faithful
61 At his words Yudas fell to his
knees and held his hands to his face as he wept.
62 Seeing the kiss of Yudas upon
the cheek of Yeshua, which had been the agreed upon sign of recognition,
the guards quickly approached him.
63 Before they could lay their
hands upon him, Cephas drew a short sword and leaping forward he slashed
at the head of one of the guards, missing his head but cutting off his
left ear which fell to the ground.
64 The stricken man cried out in
pain and fell to his knees holding the bleeding hole where his ear had
65 The remaining guards hesitated
in surprise for they had not come expecting a fight. In the moments of
their hesitation Yeshua stepped forward and reached down to grasp the
guards' severed ear off the ground.
66 He turned to the guard who
looked up at him without fear and even with wonder. Yeshua stepped
close to him and holding the severed ear to the spot from whence it had
come and calling the man by name, he said unto him, “Malchus, remember
the good that has been done for you this day. Repent of your sins and
live your life worthy of the Celestine Light that has been given to
67 As he stepped back, there were
several gasps from the other guards as they saw that the man's ear had
been fully restored to his head.
68 Turning then to Cephas, Yeshua
told him, “Dear brother, let that be the last time you ever use your
sword against a man.
69 Swords and weapons of violence
are only for those who have not found the powers of Celestine Light
70 And many who take up the sword
for defense shall instead die by it. But those who defend with the gifts
of Celestine Light shall prevail, for the weapons of men cannot do
battle with the powers of heaven.
71 You are my Apostle, and you
must call forth the greater man of spirit within you that you can become
more than you have been and be worthy of all that has been given to
72 Cephas nodded his head in
understanding and looking intently into Yeshua's eyes, he dropped his
sword to the grounds and answered humbly, saying, “I will.”
73 Yeshua turned now to the
remaining guards and said unto them, “I am Yeshua of Nazareth whom you
seek. I will come with you in peace and you need not fear me or any of
those with me.”
74 So saying, Yeshua walked
purposefully into the darkness of the night toward the gate of the
garden through which the guards had come, followed closely by Miriam and
75 The guards and the Apostles
stood still for a moment slightly dumbstruck by Yeshua's actions; and
then looking at one another in some amazement, they all followed after
Final Appearance of Yeshua Before the Sanhedrin
76 The guards came up and
surrounded Yeshua, pushing Miriam and Salome behind them as they walked,
and once again they brought Yeshua to the palace of Caiaphas.
77 Yeshua was quickly led into
the courtyard room where Caiaphas, Annas and many of the greater
Sanhedrin awaited him. His Apostles and Salome were made to wait outside
the inner walls with the servants, where they could hear those speaking
but not see them. However, at Yeshua's request, Miriam was allowed to
enter and stand in the shadows watching and listening.
78 A scribe announced those who
were present and afterward Caiaphas spoke to Yeshua, saying, “We have
brought you here in secret to question you in great seriousness without
the threat of interference from the multitudes who seem to love you. We
only seek fairness and further clarification of the things you have said
79 “Let us not dance around the
truth Caiaphas,” Yeshua replied. “Everyone, including me, knows that you
have brought me here in hopes of finding evidence of the blasphemy you
have already concluded I spread. So ask your questions and find the
80 “Very well,” Caiaphas replied
sourly. “By what means do you accomplish your miracles?”
81 “Do you mean miracles you or
your priests have witnessed, such as when the sun stood still the last
time I was here, or miracles such as the hole of Hades that opened in
the ground at Tiberius, or the gate at that place which became a living
82 “Bah,” muttered Caiaphas.
“Those were merely peculiar manifestations of nature that you tried to
make us believe you had caused. Man can control nature a little, but not
83 “But all things that have been
created belong to Elohim and ever follow the commands of their creator,”
84 Caiaphas was surprised by
Yeshua's answer and told him, “By your own words you condemn yourself.
Are you saying that you are God the creator? Or that Elohim does as you
bid? Make a lightning bolt come from heaven and strike this spot as we
speak and I will believe you. But I have no worries for you are just a
man who either thinks he is God, or one that has assumed the mantle of a
prophet without authority.”
85 There was silence for a
moment; then Caiaphas looked to the sky and spoke again, saying, “No
lightning bolt, hence you are but a man and not even a prophet. A
very clever man, but just a man.”
86 “What of that follower of
yours that reportedly came back from the dead?” asked Annas. “I suppose
he faked his death by taking some poisonous herbs? How did you
87 “Not by elements of darkness,”
answered Yeshua. “But by the light of faith was this done.”
88 “He must be tested further,”
demanded Annas. “Put a cloth over his face and then one of you go and
smite him. Let us see if he can tell who does the deed.”
89 Following the command of Annas
a thick cloth sack was placed over Yeshua's head and two Sanhedrin and
one Pharisee stepped forward and smote him with force on his face,
knocking him backwards with their blows.
90 Afterward, the assailants
stepped back into the group of priests and the sack was removed from
91 “Tell us now who it was that
smote you,” demanded Annas. “If you are a prophet this should not even
be a challenge, but if you are merely a deluded man, how will you know?”
92 Yeshua just stood looking at
Annas and answered him not.
93 “Is anyone surprised?” Annas
94 “Let the witnesses come
forward,” Caiaphas ordered. “As the scriptures demand all shall be
verified in the mouth of two or more witnesses.”
95 Three different men stepped
forward; one Pharisee, one Sadducee, and one temple priest. Each bore
witness against Yeshua, giving evidence of his blasphemy.
96 “I saw him cast out the
sellers and moneychangers from the temple and call it
his father's house, said the temple priest sarcastically.
97 “I saw him heal a man on the
Sabbath,” accused the Pharisee. “And he justified himself as if he was
above the law.”
98 “I heard him say that if the temple
of God was destroyed, he would build it again in three days,” stated the
99 At the account of the Sadducee
there were murmurs and even some chuckles from those gathered, but
Caiaphas was angry and mocked Yeshua saying, “Have you anything to
answer to these witnesses, oh, powerful one?”
100 Yeshua answered him saying,
“All they have said is true. I have healed those in need on the Sabbath;
I did chase the dispensers of darkness from a place that is dedicated to
the light of my Father; and if the temple of God is destroyed, even rent
to the last piece and burned in the fire, I will build it again in
wholeness in three days.”
101 “Certainly there can be no
doubt this man is a blasphemer,” Annas stated matter-of-factly. “He is
probably also a lunatic, but he cannot be excused because of that
affliction. The question now is what shall we do with him?”
102 “Death by stoning is
appropriate!” shouted one of the Sanhedrin.
103 “Yes it is appropriate,”
agreed Caiaphas. “But even though Pilate would probably not mind if we
took this matter into our own hands despite the decrees of Rome, it
would be best if we are not associated with this man's death, for he is
still held in high esteem by many of the people.”
104 “The timing is perfect to
send him now to Pilate,” Annas proclaimed. With the holiday, there are a
great many more people in Jerusalem, and the Romans are already uneasy
because of the risk of insurrection.
Particularly during this celebration, which gives thanks for
liberation from the oppression of the Egyptians, while we now grate
under the command of the Romans.
105 This blasphemer is also a
Galilean, which province has always caused Rome the most trouble, and
they look to see more trouble coming from there.
106 We have not even spoken of
the fact that many people, especially the Zealots from Galilee, look at
him as the Messiah, even the King of Israel appointed by God,
specifically come to liberate them from the Romans. I am sure Pilate
will be interested in that morsel.”
107 “No trial before the entire
body of the Greater Sanhedrin?” Yeshua asked Annas and Caiaphas. “The
twenty that are here tonight are as one against me, but many who are not
here that are numbered among you, would stand with me. How can you pass
a judgment of death without all of the judges?”
108 “We cannot,” Caiaphas
admitted. “Nor are we. As concerned citizens in high positions, with
responsibilities upon us to do what we can to insure the safety of our
people, we have identified you as a dangerous rabble-rouser and
rebellious leader of the Zealots.
109 Although we also know you are
a blasphemer, no trial before the entire body of Greater Sanhedrin is
necessary, because as responsible leaders of our people, we are merely
going to give you to the governor, along with the evidence we have
gathered of your danger to Rome and let him do away with you.
110 Bind him and throw him under
guard into the wine cellar until the morning,” ordered Caiaphas to the
four guards standing nearby. “Then round up his close followers and
bring them here that we may find the Zealots among them and send them
also to Pilate.”
111 One of the guards leaned
toward Caiaphas and reminded him that all of Yeshua's principal
followers had come with him and even now were just beyond the inner
112 “Well get them quickly before
they flee!” Caiaphas bellowed. “And get his wife as well standing there
in the shadows,” he said pointing at Miriam. But when the two guards who
were very near her, pivoted to grab her, she was gone, and they looked
at one another in bewilderment.
113 Nor could they capture Salome
or any of the Apostles, for immediately upon hearing the order of
Caiaphas they fled quickly into the darkness, despite the efforts of
several servants who had been standing with them listening to the
proceedings that tried to detain them.
Yeshua Explains the Significance of His Suffering in the Garden
114 Yeshua had been sitting in
the darkness of the wine cellar for about an hour when a bright light
lit up the room and when it dimmed slightly Miriam stood before him and
went to him. And the light that came with her remained.
115 They held each other for a
few moments in a loving embrace, and Yeshua assured Miriam he was fine.
Then she asked him with words in her mind, “Beloved, besides coming to
be with you to comfort you, I came seeking greater understanding about
what transpired in the Garden of Gethsemane, beyond what you were
explaining to the Apostles.”
116 Speaking also to her in her
mind, Yeshua answered, saying, “You want to know why I suffered rather
than just letting men suffer their own punishments in full for the
choices they make.”
117 “Of course my Lord, you know
my thoughts before I think them,” Miriam answered. “And I do seek
greater clarification. You suffered more than it seemed possible that
the physical body of man could endure, even one that contains your
118 I understand that carrying
the weight of the sins of others would certainly bring about such
suffering. But I do not fully understand why you needed to do this, and
I know that it is important that I do understand very clearly.
119 Each man, and woman, make
their own choices of whether to live in the Celestine Light or live in
the darkness everyday, even in the small things they say or do, and of
course also in their larger acts of nobility or debasement.
120 Why did you desire to take
some of their suffering away? Should not each person be fully liable for
their own poor choices, even as they are fully rewarded for their good
121 If there is a penalty to be
paid in suffering in remorse or even agony of sadness for some time,
should not the person who made the choice of darkness be the one who
122 If restitution is needed, if
light must be made to counterbalance the darkness that was sowed so a
man may be worthy to enter into heaven, should it not be the man who
sowed the darkness that is required to create the light that washes it
123 Yeshua looked deeply into
Miriam's eyes and gently ran his finger along her hairline. Continuing
to project the thoughts of his mind, he answered her, saying, “I
suffered, not so men will not have to suffer, for all will still pay a
price for the darkness they have not washed clean with repentance.
124 And those sins that have not
been washed clean with repentance are many. For even the most virtuous
person, even you my love, have some darkness in their past that was
never fully washed clean with the Celestine Light of a full repentance
125 For many are the sins of
commission and omission that are forgotten by man, but all are
remembered by Elohim.
126 And many are the moments of
darkness in a person's life that simply cannot be repented of in
127 With repentance,
I'm sorry, is not enough.
There must also be restitution, a restoring of that which was taken. But
sometimes that which was taken cannot be restored.
128 Such as the evil man who
steals from another, not his goods, which can be returned, but his good
name by spreading slanderous rumors in secret whisperings to those he
129 The rumors will spread like a
plague and there is nothing the evil man can do to undo the darkness he
has sown. Though he may cry in remorse for the dark deed he has done,
and beg God and the good man he has wronged for forgiveness, he can
never make a full restitution, for the words of falsehood he cast are
beyond his power to call back and will continue to injure the good man
all of his life.
130 So too, everyone is guilty of
sometimes casting a little unrepented darkness with less than loving
words, less than honest replies, less than a full days work for a full
days wages, less than complete compassion, less than gentle patience
with children, and many more little moments of darkness.
131 Even good and noble Children
of Light seldom think of repentance when they do these things, yet their
actions were of darkness, not of the light, and repentance is needed for
the small sins even as it is for large ones.
132 In a lifetime, all of these
little moments of darkness that have been forgotten add up to an
oppressing weight, even upon the most wonderful Children of Light.
133 So too do the moments of
darkness that cannot be fully repented of continue to weigh down the
soul of man as the years pass by.
134 Then comes the spirit and
souls of men to the gates of the Celestine Realm of Light when they die.
And many will come knowing they have been good and honorable in life and
expecting to pass on to a greater light as their reward.
135 But the highest realms of the
Celestine Kingdom are realms of light in which no darkness can dwell. It
can still remain on the inside as it must for balance, but must be
completely overcome on the outside. Even the most virtuous man or
woman, even you my pure Miriam, fall short of that glory.
136 I suffered and offered some
of my Celestine Light to help bridge the gap between man and Elohim, so
that I could be with you, my true love, for time and all eternity in the
highest kingdom of Celestine glory and beyond that into the kingdom of
137 I suffered and offered some
of my Celestine Light to help bridge the gap between man and Elohim, so
that all men and women, my brothers and sisters of spirit, who
diligently, humbly and sincerely endeavor to live the teachings I have
brought, will be able to obtain the reward they seek.
138 I am an Elohim. But like all
men I am also a spirit son of my divine parents, and by that, a true
brother of all mankind. Because of this, I am a part of both, and the
bridge of Celestine Light between man and God.
139 No one comes to the highest
kingdom of glory, save they come by living my words and following my
140 To all who live the good
light, be they Children of Israel, Romans, Greeks, Persians or Pagans,
they shall find salvation in me, for I gave it to them with my blood and
light, on my knees in love for them, in the Garden of Gethsemane.”
The Meeting of Caiaphas and Pilate
141 And it came to pass that in
the morning Yeshua was bound and brought to the Roman prison and
Caiaphas the Chief Judge of the Sanhedrin met with Pontius Pilate, the
Roman governor of Palestine to inform him of the danger to Rome
presented by Yeshua of Nazareth.
142 Pilate was keenly interested
in the words of Caiaphas but doubted that Yeshua was a threat, answering
him dismissively, “I am surprised you have brought this man to prison. I
have received reports of him in recent times and it is said he does many
miracles. I have not heard it said that he promotes insurrection. In
fact, my spies told me he rebuffed the Zealots.
143 He is one of your people and
he seems to be popular with many. Why bother to send him to our prison?
If you have differences with him, can't you deal with them yourself?”
144 Caiaphas answered Pilate,
saying, “He may have favor with the simple and ignorant who are fooled
by his tricks and illusions, but the Sanhedrin are not fooled.
145 But many of the common people
have been deceived, even to abandoning our faith and following after the
new faith he teaches, for he is charismatic and a magician that knows no
146 Rome should fear as well for
he teaches that he has come not to uphold the law, but to overthrow it.
And he means not just our religious law, but also the laws of Rome.
147 Surely you are aware that
along the north shore of Lake Gennesaret his followers have built
communities and even now they almost outnumber the native populations of
the four towns located there.
148 Galilee has always been the
greatest source of insurrection against Rome in all of Palestine. Now
comes this man Yeshua of Galilee who preaches disobedience to the laws,
and who has steadily been gathering his followers on Lake Gennesaret.
Soon he will have enough men to lead an army against you.
149 Spies may or may not discover
truth, but with this man they are not needed, for his own followers
openly have told us that among the Zealots he is seen as a promised
savior and the rightful King of the land sent by God.”
150 “Very well,” Pilate responded
with disinterest. “I thought you had something important to tell me. You
have made a small case for him to be in prison, so we shall keep him
there for a few days; at least until your festival is over and all these
additional people are out of the city.
151 But as for insurrection, the
army of Rome has little to fear from the stone throwing and inept
swordplay of farmers and tradesmen, let alone magicians and preachers.”
152 Caiaphas seemed surprised by
Pilates answer and he said, “If you feel that way esteemed governor,
then I have not presented the facts to you sufficiently.
153 While it is true that this
man is not a soldier, nor are any of his followers as far as I know, his
power is not in his sword, but in his words, which stir the hearts of
men to take actions they would not otherwise take; even actions against
the power of Rome.
154 Do not underestimate this
power. It is as great as any army. For men convinced they are acting
under the direction of God's chosen leader will make up in fearlessness
and willingness to fight to the death what they lack in actual
experience of fighting and war.”
155 “That is true,” Pilate
answered as he rubbed his chin in contemplation. “I have seen men under
the sway of passionate belief and they can act like rabid dogs with
ferocious fury and tenacious desire to kill with no regard for their own
life at all.
156 Still, it seems that he is
causing more problems for you than he is for Rome. But I will have this
man Yeshua brought before me and I will question him myself just to
satisfy my curiosity as to why you are in such a lather over him.
157 If there is any insurrection
in him at all, I will send him to the cross. That is the quickest way to
end any threat. If not, I will send him back to you, and you will have
to deal with him as you will.
158 If he is fomenting rebellion,
you will see that any followers he might have will vanish once they see
their leader crucified to death like any common thief. If he is a leader
of the Zealots and irritates me when I speak with him, I'll see him
crucified upside down.”
159 Caiaphas nodded his head
solemnly as if he was sad that the fate of Yeshua had to come to death,
and he said, “Life is precious and you know how we feel about the
cruelty of crucifixion. But sometimes for the good of many, some things
of revulsion must be tolerated.
160 But there are other things
you must be aware of with this man. As I told you, he is a great
magician, if nothing else. In recent days he fooled many people
including some of my own Sanhedrin, into believing that he had raised a
man from the dead.
161 Of course, no magician
operates alone, and surely he has many accomplices that are participants
in his acts of trickery.
162 Because it is believed that
he raised a dead man from the grave, it is likely that his followers
will try to rob his body from the grave, that then one of them can claim
that he is Yeshua resurrected from the dead, and perpetuate the
falsehoods this man taught.
163 Considering this, if you
crucify him, as I am sure you will, you would be wise to guard the grave
site so his followers cannot steal the body and then claim he has risen
from the grave.”
164 “This man is becoming a great
deal of trouble,” asserted Pilate. “But if you truly fear this nonsense,
I will see soldiers at the grave until the body rots. Or better yet, I
will leave his body on the cross in public view until the birds have
picked its bones and then there will be no talk of rising from the
Yeshua before Pilate
165 And it came to pass that
Yeshua was brought before Pilate and Pilate questioned him saying, “I
have heard it said that you are called the rightful King of the land. Do
you consider yourself to be this?”
166 Yeshua answered him, saying,
“If I was given a crown, and Rome and all of the people said,
Let him be king, I would hand
back the crown to he who gave it and walk away, for I have come to
serve, not to be served.”
167 “Some would say that being a
good king is a very great service,” replied Pilate. “I know being a
governor is taxing on patience and civility, and sometimes decisions
that carry a heavy burden must be made for the good of the people. Is
that not service?”
168 Yeshua answered, saying,
“Service is thinking of others and acting for their interests without
taking gain for yourself.
169 Service is not forcing your
will upon others, or only assisting your friends or tribe, but instead
acting unconditionally to help anyone in need who calls upon you with a
humble heart and a worthy desire.
170 Service is not being pampered
while those you rule live in squalor.
171 It is not eating in such
excess that what you discarded as scrapes from your table is more than
many people will eat that day.
172 It is not living in a great
house of many empty rooms while many have but a single room with a
leaking roof over their head.
173 Service is not capriciously
taking the lives of those who disagree with you or torturing them into
despair, or taking the lands and the vineyards of those in disfavor, or
even holding such authority and threat over them.
174 Service is the blessed path
to heaven, but few will be the wealthy or rulers of men who find it.
They who hoard excess unto themselves or squander it on riotous living
during their brief mortal life, pay for their pleasures, not with their
gold, but with their eternity.
175 Among men, the rulers,
leaders, and rich men most often have the least understanding of the
truths of eternal significance, and that which they despised in life
shall be their undoing in eternity. For in the kingdom of heaven he who
has been least on Earth shall be greatest, and he who has been greatest
shall be least.”
176 Pilate gave Yeshua a mocking
little bow with his head and a small rolling wave of his hand and said,
“That was quite a little speech. All wrong, but it sounded good. I've a
mind to send you to Rome; in chains of course, but you would be
entertaining. A simple carpenter, proclaimed a king, who speaks with the
glib tongue of a Roman senator.
177 But what of your magic? I've
heard you are a magician without peer. If you can really do some of the
miracles men have said of you, as well as speak like a Greek
philosopher, I really must send you to Rome.”
178 Yeshua looked deeply into the
eyes of Pilate. There was no anger upon his face, only a look of great
seriousness belying Pilate's lightness of speech; and he said unto him,
“The Son of Light walks the path decreed by the Elohim and not by the
vain desires of the sons of men. Upon this land was this body born, and
upon this land shall it die, in the time and place and manner that I
179 Hearing these words from
Yeshua Pilate's face contorted in rage, and suddenly he lashed out and
smote Yeshua with great force upon his face, knocking him to the ground.
Three of his personal guards quickly came up with drawn short swords,
their sharp points touching Yeshua on his body and throat as he lay upon
180 Pilate shouted at Yeshua in a
loud voice saying, “Let me put you in your place beggar from Galilee!
You will decide nothing! It is upon my command whether you are a slave
or free. It is upon my command whether you remain here or go to Rome. It
is upon my command whether you live or die.”
181 Yeshua pulled himself up onto
one elbow and before the soldier could react with his other hand he
grabbed the sharp two-edged sword that was pointed at his heart and
quickly swept the pointed tip across his exposed forearm.
182 Releasing the sword from his
grasp, blood flowed freely from his hand and from the self-inflicted
wound upon his arm.
183 Yeshua stood up and Pilate
bade the guards to allow it. Blood still flowed from his hand and arm
dripping into a small pool on the floor. He held out his bleeding hand
and arm toward Pilate and said unto him, “I fulfill the will of the
Elohim and the vain desires of men are as dust to me.”
184 Then through the openings to
the building a strong wind blew in and one of the soldiers pointed at
Yeshua's outstretched arms and cried in fear, “Look, look at his wounds;
they are healing before our eyes!
185 It was as he spoke, and even
as Pilate and the three soldiers watched in amazement, the blood flowing
from the wound on Yeshua's hand and the other on his arm ceased to flow,
and the skin sealed up and became normal and healthy. And the pool of
blood upon the ground dried in a few seconds into a pile of dust and
blew away in the wind that came through the building.
186 Yeshua had been looking into
the eyes of Pilate as these moments passed and once again he said unto
him, “I fulfill the will of Elohim and the vain desires of men are as
dust to me.”
187 Pilate seeing the look of awe
and fear upon the faces of his guards, and catching his own voice, said
to them, “Gird yourselves up; this man is nothing more than a magician.
This is Yeshua of Nazareth. Have you not heard him spoken about in
188 “Yes, I have,” said one of
the men relaxing at Pilate's reassurance. And the other two nodded in
189 “It is said he does many
miracles,” added another. “Even among the Romans that come to him.”
190 Pilate spoke with scorn,
saying, “They are merely tricks and illusion. Only miracles to the
simple and the ignorant.”
191 Turning again to Yeshua
Pilate spoke to him with hardness in his voice. “I thought perhaps the
fear the Sanhedrin have of you was misplaced and their warnings about
you exaggerated; but now I see they spoke wisely. You are indeed a
danger to Rome.
192 My duty is clear. Rome will
never see your face, and upon this land you shall die, even as you have
said. But it will not be by the choice of you or your God, but by me as
guardian of the rule of Rome.
193 That was the last trick you
shall ever perform, so at least it was a good one. Tell me how you did
it and reveal yourself to be a fraud, and I will show you mercy and send
you away to the mines to work until you die. And who knows how long that
194 Say one word in disagreement
to me and you shall die soon, but slowly, as your life ebbs away hanging
on a cross of crucifixion.”
195 Yeshua answered him, saying,
“Crucify me and you shall see far greater than you have seen today. Or
repent of your wickedness and humble yourself before Elohim and you
shall yet find a glory you have never imagined.”
196 “Enough!” Cried Pilate. “You
are the most audacious scoundrel I have ever had the displeasure of
speaking to. I cannot suffer to hear any more of your words. And it is
your words that have condemned you, not mine.”
197 Then turning to his guards,
Pilate commanded, “Take him to be crucified on the morrow. Crucify him
naked that he might remember that he is nothing. Give him fifty lashes
with a leaded scourge before he departs for the hill that he may see
that his blood spills and his flesh rips out just like any other mans.
And have him carry his own cross that he might be reminded with every
step of the weight and consequences of his own foolishness.”
198 Then the guards bound
Yeshua's arms and hands tightly behind his back and put a rope around
his neck and pulled him by it and led him away as Pilate commanded.
199 As he was passing from the
room Pilate called after him, saying, “Where is your great magic now?
Where is your god?”
200 Yeshua turned his face back
toward Pilate and answered, saying, “Where it has always been, inside of
me. And inside of everyone who believes in me. It is a light that has no
beginning and can have no end; a light that shall ever grow, and all the
power of Rome and all the kings of Earth cannot extinguish it.”