The Six Trials of Jesus!

Events of Passover week–God planned the events during Passover week to fulfill the O.T. scriptures in His active will and the Jews leaders had committed to kill Him in the permissive will of God [Isaiah 53, John 11:50].

[Before the arrest] Jesus observed last Passover with disciples. Judas went to betray Jesus. Jesus foretells Peter’s denials. In Gethsemane Jesus prayed for 3 hours while disciples slept “My Father, if it is possible , let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Jesus went to meet the mob coming to arrest Him.

[about 12:00-1:00 am] The arrest of Jesus–The arrest was at night because the priests were afraid of the people. [Luke 2:2] He was taken based on the purchased testimony of Judas.  The arresting party included the priests and elders which confirmed they had prejudged Jesus from the time of the death of Lazarus and He would not receive a fair trial [John 11:47-53, Matthew 26:47].

Trial  #1: [1:30-2:00 am] They took him to the house of Annas the father-in-law of the High priest for a preliminary hearing at night. [John 18:12-13]. Annas sent Jesus to Caiaphas [John:18:14, 24]

Trial #2: [2:00-3:00 am]  Then He was brought before Caiaphas during the night [Matthew 26:57-68] . All the proceedings at night were illegal under Jewish law. The Sanhedrin by law was not allowed to originate charges. They sought witnesses to justify putting Him to death but could find none to satisfy their charge of blasphemy. Under direct examination Jesus kept silent, but finally relented to answer the question “are you the Christ?” and Jesus said: “I am…” [Mark 14:61-62]. It was illegal to convict a person under the law of the Jews based on his own testimony. They convicted Him of blasphemy based on His uncorroborated testimony. [Matthew 26:57-68]

Trial #3: [5:00-6:00 am] In a attempt to follow the law of the Jews that forbid a trial being held at night the chief priests held another formal trial of Jesus in the morning. [Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1] They broke another law of the Jews requiring a death penalty trial to take place over 2 days. They changed the verdict to treason against Rome and sent Jesus to Pilate for permission to crucify Him. They were in a hurry [John 19:31].

Trial #4: [6:00-7:00 am] Before Pilate the 1st time Jesus answered nothing. Pilate sends Jesus to Herod. [Luke 23:1-7]

Trial #5: [7:00-7:30 am] Trial by Herod [Luke 23:8-12]. Jesus again answered nothing, but the chief priest vehemently accused Jesus. After mocking Jesus, he sent Him back to Pilate.

Trial #6: [7:30-8:30 am] 2nd appearance before Pilate [Matthew 27:15-26] Pilate releases Barabbas instead of Jesus at the insistence of the Jews. vv. 15-18, 20-23. His wife said “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.” v.19″ ……….24 When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” 25 And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”  vv.24-25 and Pilate, “after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. V.26

Timeline from

The order of events at the crucifixion of Jesus including His seven statements from the cross.                      Who Killed Jesus?

Henry Luke 5/16/2017





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How to be saved!

Romans 10:9-17 provides the map to salvation. v.14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? A believer in Jesus Christ who obeys the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 goes forth as the preacher and tells about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As the gospel is proclaimed v.17 clearly says “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” [Romans 10:17 NKJV] With faith from the word of God the lost person can confess Jesus as Lord and be saved. “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;… for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” [Romans 10:9, 13 NASB]

The Bible has many “whoever will may come” statements with the most famousFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16 ESV] God did not create human beings as robots but gave us a free will that can accept or reject Him. That personal decision determines a person eternal destiny in either heaven or hell. This decision is not works on our part because God by His grace does the work of salvation through the Holy Spirit.

If the only people saved have been chosen, elected or predestinated, then humans are robots without a free will. It also means God chose the rest of us for eternity in hell. This is not consistent with a loving God Who loved the whole world so much that He sent His Son to die for anyone who believed in Him.  

I believe that the death of Jesus Christ was sufficient for the salvation of everyone whoever lived on earth. However, each individual has the personal responsibility of accepting or rejecting His free gift of eternal life. My good and loving God does not condemn any person to hell instead “The Lord… is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9]

 In His Sovereignty God foreknows who will make the decision to accept or reject Him. However God’s foreknowledge of our decisions does not mean He makes our decisions for us in the question of salvation or any of the hundreds of decisions we make a day. Does anyone really think we are such robots that God makes all our decisions for us every day?

Whosoever Will May Come!     Evangelism Help

Henry Luke 5/10/2017

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May 1, 2017  from a Tweet by Dr Heath Lambert

by Lauren Lambert

Good advice for husbands and wives.

Dr. Lambert added a post:

Henry Luke 5/4/2017

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How to React to Heat of Trials or Rain of Blessings?

 I have been studying a little book “How People Change” by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp for about 8 years.  They use different Bible passages to develop the Heat or Rain, Thorns or Fruit, and Cross Metaphors described here HPC chapter 6-Heat-Thorns-Fruit-Cross Model 4. Here is my version of this model My version Heat or Rain .
They want us to focus on the Big Picture God has for us in the Bible around this model. 
Don’t make this complicated. My model shows how every time we are faced with Heat or Rain we react with Fruit or Thorns depending on whether we are living a God-centered or Self-centered life. We are constantly reacting to circumstances in life either clock-wise with Thorns or counter clock-wise with Fruit. We have an opportunity to redirect our lives as we consider the Cross in our hearts. The book is about living a God-Centered life by the grace of God.
Here is a more detailed description of Heat in the real world Chapter 7–Heat 1-God in the real world. Chapter 8 is heat 2: you in the real world.
You may have a lot of heat now, but there is hope because you love and trust Jesus and previous divine appointments in your life. His daily grace gives you the opportunity to be thankful.
I suggest buying and studying this book. It has blessed my life and also the men I have worked through it with.
Henry Luke 4/24/2017, revised 4/25/2017
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 Salvation Offered to All  

Though all are invited to join Jesus in God’s kingdom, only those who respond to Him in obedient faith will be accepted.

Assurance of salvation–Romans 10:9  if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal lifeESV

 John 6:40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

Acts 2:21 ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

 The End Comes–Matthew 24:14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.


1. God invites all to be saved and uses believers to invite the lost.  Commit to obey God’s Great Commission; “Empowered by the Holy Spirit, be my witnesses in Jacksonville and beyond to the entire world!”  Acts 1:8 & Matthew 28:18-20                     

2. Be ready at all times to share the gospel truth, because it is the gospel that changes lives.Begin the process by simply showing gospel warmth until the door of conversation opens. Love people until they ask, “Why?” 1 Peter 3:15                            

3. Every day set apart Jesus Christ as Lord and Master & be ready with scripture & tracts!

4. Have a list of lost people to pray for every day & put feet to prayers if possible.

5. Go sharing knowing “whoever wills may come to Jesus by grace through faith”.

 6. Be stimulated daily, by the fact that every lost person’s eternal destiny is hell!  

 7. Examine myself daily to see if I am a hypocrite–my actions don’t match my words! Repent and confess sins as appropriate.

 8. We hasten the 2nd coming of Jesus by witnessing to the lost and ISIS believes hasten the coming of the 12th Imam by killing people they believe are infidels.

9. Scripture Memory: Romans 10:9 if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

10.  Evangelism help!

Henry Luke 4/22/2017

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Dr Mac Brunson – A handfull of nails! — Everyone was at the foot of the cross

Dr. Mac Brunson’s sermon 4/16/2017  was from Colossians 2:11-15. He used the Rembrandt painting below to demonstrate that each person was present at the foot of the cross. In the portrait Rembrandt painted himself in at the feet of Jesus to illustrate this fact. Our sin helped put Jesus on the cross. Yet when by “grace through faith we are saved” we exchange our sin for the righteousness of God and become children of God.

He canceled out the certificate of debt against us, …having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. [Colossians 2:14-15] This morning [4/18/2017] at a prayer breakfast Joe White the cross builder made a huge cross and then took a symbolic certificate of our sin debt and nailed it to the cross.  Dr Brunson’s sermon starts 27 minutes into this video:

Go to this link for short booklets explaining how you can be saved and your sin debt nailed to the cross of Jesus in reality! Or you can use this information to share Jesus with someone else.

Helps for evangelism & teaching         Henry Luke 4/17/2017

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Resurrection Morning of Passion Week!

A night’s sleep that did not come easy.  How could it?  Jerusalem had been in a rebellious uproar now for 3 days since the Nazarene was arrested in Gethsemane just after midnight early Friday morning.  It was now Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, 1 p.m.  Seven hours earlier at 6 a.m. this morning, daylight began to appear through the windows of the house I lived in.  Expecting quietness I heard the rustling of feet and saw some ladies running through the narrow streets outside.  Where were they running so early in the morning, I thought to myself.  I wanted to follow them ever so closely, out of curiosity, without being noticed.  I did.

Following them we ran to the walls and gate of the city that leads out to the mount known as Calvary.  Why there, I quizzically thought.  Then, still following the women who were now joined by two men, one being that disciple leader who denied Jesus in the High Priest’s courtyard to avoid being caught—I believe his name is Peter—we made a sharp turn toward the walled cemetery containing the graves of the dead and the tomb of this Jewish Messiah.   His tomb was brand new, never used before.  The large stone which blocked entry to it had been miraculously rolled away, probably from the strong earthquake that struck Jerusalem at about 5 a.m.  To my amazement, a male figure emitting the brightest light ever seen, was standing on the ledge next to the tomb.  I withdrew somewhat out of both fear and nervousness, but remained close enough to hear what this angelic figure was saying to the women.  “He’s not here”, I heard him say.  “He is risen.”  “Risen?”, I thought.  Can’t be.  He was dead and it’s been 3 days.  But the two men went in to observe and on exiting affirmed to all, “Yes, indeed, the body’s gone, and the grave clothes are laying neatly and folded on the slab.”

The women and men left with haste and scattered.  I ran, for sure.  Who would believe this, about a dead body coming out of the grave alive.  I sure wouldn’t, you can bet on that.  I wasn’t alone; even that disciple leader had huge doubts.  Many people have doubts.  That Peter was sure weak in his commitment and doubtful in his convictions.  I know some men and women like that.  Weak!  Doubting! Cursing! Full of promises, but little follow through.

Roman soldiers and Temple guards came out to were Jesus had been buried.  They, too, were puzzled at the events.  They started making up stories about how the body got stolen by the disciples, but no one was going to believe that line.

I then remembered the night before, when trying to go to sleep, I had that gnawing feeling in my gut that for some reason the world was going to be turned upside down today.  Well, was it ever.  Unbelievable!

That’s what Jesus has been doing to individuals.  He turns life upside down and inside out.  He disturbs secular priorities and leaves me and others restless and convicted.  I must find Him if I can.  I must know the certainty of who He is and why He’s here.  If I could only see Him alive, that would settle it.  The empty tomb was an indication He was alive but not proof in itself, no more than a body which is missing from the county morgue is proof that the body previously there was now up, alive, and walking.  I’ll search for him.  I hope I can find Him.  If you’re out there, Dear Jesus, please…… let me find You.

AC Soud 4/16/2017

The next 39 days pass after the resurrection–Passion Week.

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