Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Jesus was with his disciples in a place that he went many times to talk to them, so Judas knew the place. Judas brought a group of soldiers from the chief priest and Pharisees. Jesus knew what was going to happen so he stepped forward and asked who they were seeking. They said Jesus and he said "I am he." They gell to the ground.
Did they fall to the ground in worship of Jesus or did they fall to the ground as in they were knocked back? Both seem consistent with the way it is written to me.
Simon Peter drew a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest's servant but Jesus told him to stand down. Jesus then said that he would "drink the cup the father has given me"
This story seems to match my memory of the way it was before.
Jesus Faces Annas and Caiaphas
Jesus was brought to Annas who was father-in-law to Caiaphas who thought someone should die for the people.
Peter Denies Jesus
Peter followed Jesus and was not initially recognized as a disciple. Then at some point someone asked him if he was a follower of Jesus and he said no.
Somehow this seemed less important than the way it was told before.
The High Priest Questions Jesus
The high priest asks Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. He says that he has spoken openly to the world in synagogues and temples, he has said nothing in secret. One of the officers struck Jesus because he didn't like the answer and Jesus said if he was lying then they should point out his lie, otherwise why are they striking him?
For the record, Jesus did lie here, he said he has never kept anything secret but he has in the past.
Peter Denies Jesus Again
While warming his hands, Peter was again asked if he knew Jesus and he said no, then the rooster crowed.
Oh, the story wasn't over before
Jesus Before Pilate
Jesus was then let to Pilate and he asked why they brought Jesus to him. They said they wouldn't have brought him unless he had performed evil. Pilate then said if they want to put him to death they should do it themselves. The Jews then said that it is not lawful for them to put anyone to death.
Is this true? Aren't there laws in the old testament about stoning people to death? What am I missing here?
My Kingdom Is Not of This World
Jesus and Pilate talk, Pilate tries to ask Jesus direct questions and Jesus is evasive. Eventually Pilate decides that in his opinion Jesus is not guilty so he asks the crowd whether he should release Jesus or Barabbas (a passover custom). The crowd tells him to release Barabbas.
I mentioned this before, but in Mark the chief priests were in the crowd helping them to choose Barabbas to be let free. Doesn't exactly make for a contradiction, but it does seem an odd detail to leave out.