Last Wednesday, we started examining the six stages of Jesus’ so-called trials. These trials had twp general aspects, religious and civil, because the Jews under Roman rule were permitted to hold only trials of a religious nature. All civil trials were handled by the Romans. Since it was Jesus’ spiritual claims and teachings that upset the Jewish authorities, He was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin to be prosecuted. First, He would appear before Anas, who had served as high priest 20 years prior to this time. Then Jesus would stand before Caiaphas, the current high priest, and the Sanhedrin. Because it was illegal for the Sanhedrin to assemble before daylight, they would reconvene at daybreak to certify the death sentence they had given to Jesus, based on what they called blasphemy (Jesus, under oath testified that He was I AM [Mar 14:62] and the Messiah that the prophet Daniel spoke of). These three trials were illegitimate. They were never intended to be just.