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Jesus Before the Jewish Leaders
53The people who arrested Jesus led him to the house of the high priest.* All the
leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, and the teachers of the law were gathered
there. 54Peter followed Jesus, but he did not come near Jesus. Peter followed Jesus
to the yard of the high priest's house. Peter went into the yard. Peter was sitting
there with the guards. He was warming himself by their fire. 55The leading priests
and all the Jewish council tried to find something that Jesus had done wrong so
they could kill him. But the council could find no proof that would allow them to
kill Jesus. 56Many people came and told false things against Jesus. But the people
all said different things--none of them agreed. 57Then some people stood and said
something false against Jesus. They said, 58"We heard this man (Jesus) say, 'I will
destroy this temple* that men made. And three days later, I will build another temple--a
temple not made by men.'" 59But also the things these people said did not agree.
60Then the high priest* stood before all the people and said to Jesus, "These people
said things against you. Do you have something to say about these charges against
you? Are these people telling the truth?" 61But Jesus said nothing. He did not answer.
The high priest* asked Jesus another question: "Are you the Christ,* the Son of
the blessed [God]?" 62Jesus answered, "Yes, I am the Son of God. And in the future
you will see the Son of Man* sitting at the right side of the Great One (God). And
you will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven." 63When the high priest*
heard this, he was very angry. He tore his clothes and said, "We don't need any
more witnesses! 64You all heard him say these things against God. What do you think?"
All the people said that Jesus was wrong. They said he was guilty and must be killed.
65Some of the people there spit at Jesus. They covered Jesus' eyes and hit him with
their fists. They said, "Be a prophet* and tell us who hit you!" Then the guards
led Jesus away and beat him.
Peter Is Afraid to Say He Knows Jesus
66At that time, Peter was still in the yard. A servant girl of the high priest*
came to Peter. 67The girl saw Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked closely
at Peter. Then the girl said, "You were with Jesus, that man from Nazareth." 68But
Peter said that he was never with Jesus. He said, "I don't know or understand what
you are talking about." Then Peter left and went to the entrance of the yard.* 69The
servant girl saw Peter there. Again the girl said to the people who were standing
there, "This man is one of those people [that followed Jesus]." 70Again Peter said
that it was not true. A short time later, some people were standing near Peter.
The people said, "We know you are one of those people [that followed Jesus]. You
are from Galilee, [the same as Jesus]." 71Then Peter began to curse. He said strongly,
"I promise to God that I don't know this man you are talking about!" 72After Peter
said this, the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered what Jesus
told him: "Before the rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you don't
know me." Then Peter was very sad and began to cry.
Footnotes: high priest The most important Jewish priest and leader. temple The special
building in Jerusalem for Jewish worship. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or
chosen one of God. Son of Man A name Jesus used for himself. In Dan. 7:13-14, this
is the name for the Messiah, the one God chose to save his people. prophet Prophets
could say things that most people could not know. Verse 68 Many Greek copies add:
"and the rooster crowed."
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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