James Jacques Tissot (French painter and illustrator, 1836-1902), "The Morning Judgment (Le jugement du matin)," (1884-1896), Opaque
watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, 21.1
x 18.3 cm cm, Brooklyn
Museum, New York, NY.
Matthew 26:57-68 (NIV)|
Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the
teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58
But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of
the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The chief priests and the whole
Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put
him to death. 60 But they did not find
any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward 61 and
declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild
it in three days.'"
62 Then the high priest stood up and
said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these
men are bringing against you?" 63 But
Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell
us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."
64 "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus
replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man
sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
65 Then the high priest tore his
clothes and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses?
Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66
What do you think?"
"He is worthy of death," they answered.
67 Then they spit in his face and
struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68
and said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?"
Matthew 27:1-2 (NIV)
"1 Early in the morning, all the
chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to
death. 2 They bound him, led him away
and handed him over to Pilate, the governor."