Urantia Book 104. The Life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua bin Joseph, Yeshua, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. On three previous occasions, the Sanhedrin, by a large majority vote, had decreed the death of Jesus, had decided he was worthy of death on informal charges of lawbreaking, blasphemy, and flouting the traditions of the fathers of Israel. Ordinarily, the Jews, when trying a man on a capital charge, proceeded with great caution and provided every safeguard of fairness in the selection of witnesses and the entire conduct of the trial. But on this occasion, Caiaphas was more of a prosecutor than an unbiased judge. When Jesus was brought in, the entire court was startled and somewhat confused by his majestic appearance. Never had they witnessed such composure in a man on trial for his life. There were many false witnesses there with claims against Jesus. Even the Sanhedrists were embarrassed by their false evidence. Throughout this false testimony, the Master never said a word; he made no reply to their false accusations. Hatred, fanaticism and unscrupulous exaggeration so characterized the words of these perjurers that their testimony fell in its own entanglements. The very best refutation of their accusations was the Master’s calm and majestic silence. Annas arose and argued that the threat to destroy the temple was sufficient to warrant three charges against him: 1. That he was a dangerous traducer of the people. That he taught them impossible things and otherwise deceived them. 2. That he was a fanatical revolutionist in that he advocated laying violent hands on the sacred temple, else how could he destroy it? 3. That he taught magic in that he promised to rebuild the temple without hands. Now they had to develop charges that would convince Pilate to bring the death penalty against Jesus. Caiaphas could no longer endure Jesus’ calm silence, so he rushed up to him and shook his finger in Jesus’ face, saying: “I adjure you, in the name of the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Deliverer, the Son of God.” Jesus answered: “I am. Soon I go to the Father, and presently shall the Son of Man be clothed with power and once more reign over the hosts of heaven.” Caiaphas was very angry and ripping his clothes, said, “What further need have we of witnesses. All of you have heard this man’s blasphemy. What do you now think should be done with this lawbreaker and blasphemer?” They all answered: “Let him be crucified.” Things had to happen fast, not only because it was the preparation day for the Passover and no secular work could be done after noon, but also they feared that Pilate might anytime return to the Roman capital of Judea, Caesarea. Annas was shocked when Caiaphas struck Jesus in the face and also the disorder as they all left and spit in Jesus’ face on their way out. Thirty prejudiced and tradition-blinded false judges, with their false witnesses, are presuming to sit in judgment on the righteous Creator of a universe. And these impassioned accusers are exasperated by the majestic silence and superb bearing of this God-man. His silence is terrible to endure; his speech is fearlessly defiant. He is unmoved by their threats and undaunted by their assaults. Man sits in judgment on God. But even then he loves them and would save them if he could.

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