The object of the Jewish council was to find legal grounds for putting Jesus to death.
It had been previously decided that he must die (14:1), but some ground must be sought, which would justify their action in condemning him, and enable them to secure Pilate’s confirmation of the verdict. Cf. Luke 23:1, 2.
- Verses 53-65. Note that the one definite charge, on which the decision to have Jesus put to death was taken, was his claim to be the Christ.
Cf. 15:26.How did Jesus declare that His claim would be vindicated?
Cf. Acts 2:32-36. What is your attitude to his claim?
- Observe the experiences through which Peter passed on this eventful night.
What were the contributing factors that finally led up to his denial of Christ?
See 14:29, 37, 50, 54.
What can we learn from all this that will help us to be prepared for temptation?