EARLY Friday morning Jesus was tried and found guilty in a formal session of the full Sanhedrin. The whole assembly then led Him before Pilate, the Roman procurator, and accused Him as a political agitator. Learning that Jesus belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, Pilate sent Him to the king; but Herod, after treating Jesus contemptuously, sent Him back. The procurator made several attempts to spare Christ: he offered to free either Him or the criminal Barabbas, but the people chose Barabbas; he then had Christ scourged, hoping this punishment would satisfy His accusers. When they persisted, and finally declared that He was guilty of death according to their own religious law, Pilate delivered Christ to them to be crucified. The sentence was carried out at Golgotha, just west of the city, where Jesus hung on the cross for three hours (probably from twelve to three o’clock) before He died; His passing was marked by an earth quake and by the tearing of the sanctuary veil in the temple. After a soldier had pierced His side with a lance and ascertained He was dead, Jesus was taken down from the cross. His followers embalmed the body of Jesus and placed it in a tomb in a garden near Golgotha. The following day the leaders of the Jews went to Pilate and asked that a guard be posted at the tomb, claiming that, otherwise, Christ’s disciples might steal the body and announce that He had risen from the dead. The procurator granted their request; the Jews sealed the stone which closed the entrance to the tomb and Roman soldiers set up a watch over the place.
Information from The Life of Christ “Our Lord’s Life with Lesson in His Own Words for Our Life Today” The Catholic Press, Inc. 1959 © 1954 edited by Reverend John P. O’Connell, MASTD and Jex Martin, following mainly A Chronological Harmony of the Gospels by Stephen J Hartdegen OFM NIHIL OBSTAT John A McMahon; IMPRIMATUR Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago August 1, 1953. Print. Black & White Drawings by Albert H Winkler.