After Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, He was brought before the high priest, Caiaphas.
All the scribes and elders of the people of Israel had gathered there. Peter followed Jesus at a distance.
He entered the high priest’s courtyard and sat down with the servants there.
The chief priest, the elders and the council were looking for excuses to accuse Jesus so that they can kill Him but they couldn’t find any.
Finally, two witnesses came up and said, “Jesus said,’ Tear down this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days.’”
The high priest said to Jesus, “Don’t you have anything to say to defend yourself?”
Jesus kept quiet and said nothing.
Then the high priest said, “I am putting you under an oath. Are you the Christ, the son of God?”
Jesus said, “It is as you said. I am the Son of God. After this, you will see me sitting at the right hand side of God and seeing him coming on the clouds of heaven.”
The high priest tore his clothes, “He had expressed disrespect to God by claiming He is the Son of God. We don’t need any more witness. What should we do to Him now?”
The crowd answered, “He deserves death.”
Then the people spat on Jesus’ face, beat Him up and slapped Him with their palms, saying, “Prophesy, who hit you?”