Mark 14:53-65 — After His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus faced as many as six different trials. He was examined by the religious authorities and finally by the civil magistrate, Pontius Pilate. As we follow Jesus through these trials one fact becomes apparent, and that is, that Jesus was intent on getting to the cross.
- He declined to argue with those who falsely accused Him.
- He declared the truth knowing that He would incriminate Himself in the eyes of those who judged Him.
- He didn’t resist when He was abused and beaten.
The narrative in the Gospels make it plain that Jesus gave up His life, it was not taken from Him. The Apostle Paul tells us that He “gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4). Praise God!