Jesus was arrested and judged (Matthew 26–27, Mark 14–15, Luke 22–23, John 18-19)
The glory of the Resurrection is often prefaced with the dark story of cruelty and injustice that preceded Jesus’s ultimate miracle. Jewish leaders, threatened by Jesus’s popularity among common people and offended by His claim to be the Son of God, bribed one of Jesus’s followers to betray Him. Although these same leaders had been seen with Jesus publicly, they arrested Him privately, using armed guards to take Him by force. Jesus, however, went willingly to appear before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Prepared to release Jesus because he found “no fault in this man” (Luke 23:4), Pilate eventually gave in to an angry mob demanding His crucifixion and sentenced Jesus to death. The hours leading to Jesus’s Crucifixion were merciless: Jesus was slapped and spat upon by His accusers, scourged with a heavy whip to weaken his body, humiliated by passers by, and ridiculed by a band of Roman soldiers.