Read Matthew 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2
The Sanhedrin was a Jewish council of seventy-one members. They were patterned after the seventy elders that God established through Moses. In the gospels they are called, “the council of the elders.” In Judea, they were under Roman authority and could not carry out capital punishment. This is why we find them sending Jesus to Pilate after they had condemned Him to death. They acknowledged to Pilate that they did not have the authority to execute anyone.
Here we can see that the Sanhedrin was convinced of two things: Jesus must be put to death, but it must happen after the feast or there would be a real danger of inciting a revolt by the people.
Point to Ponder
Both Jesus and the Sanhedrin agree that he must die. But they have different timelines for his death. As we read the accounts of Jesus’ ‘trials’ on Friday, note how both Jesus and the Sanhedrin work to bring about his death.
Bonus: This week, as you reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have some songs that will help you get into the mood for Easter.