Mark's Gospel

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The Trial before the Sanhedrin

(Mark 14:53-65)

A threat to the Temple was considered to be blasphemy and as such punishable by death. However, the evidence of the witnesses brought against Jesus should have been inadmissible because it was found to be contradictory. They brought false accusations that Jesus said, 'I will destroy this Temple' but they could not agree on what he had actually said. Jesus remained silent during the proceedings, but to the question 'Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?' he could not remain silent. He replied, 'I am and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven'. Jesus was alluding to the reference of the Son of Man found in the Book of Daniel. Hearing this the high priest tore his robes and was convinced that there was ample reason for the case to be referred to the Roman governor with a recommendation for a sentence of death.

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