It is a great honor and a great privilege for us to be able to open the Word of God in absolute confidence in its veracity, its inerrancy, its truthfulness and to hear what the Lord has said to us. And we are in a great and prolonged study coming soon to an end in the gospel of Luke. Let's open our Bibles to Luke chapter 23...Luke chapter 23.
Those of you who have been with us know that we find ourselves now on Friday of Passion Week, the day our Lord is to be crucified. And prior to His crucifixion He was put through a series of sham trials, one before the Jewish leaders and one before the civil leaders, the Gentile leaders.
The first trial had three phases, one before Annas, one before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin in the middle of the night, and the third before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin after daybreak in the morning. The Gentile phase of His trial had three parts as well. The first before Pilate, the second before Herod, and then back for the final phase before Pilate. In Luke chapter 23, the Jewish phase of the trial has been concluded and the Gentile phase begins with the Sanhedrin, the Jewish supreme court, bringing Jesus to Pilate. Let's read the text....