Friday Before Dawn

Art Thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought for false witness against Jesus, to put him to death, but found none. Yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.

And at the last there arose two false witnesses, and bare false witness against him, saying, “We heard this fellow say, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, that is made with hands, and within three days, I will build another made without hands.”

But neither so did their witness agree together.

And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, “Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness against thee?”

But Jesus held his peace and answered nothing.

And the high priest answered and said unto him, “I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

And Jesus saith unto him, “I am, as thou hast said. Nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, “He hath spoken blasphemy! What further need have we of any witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye?”

And they all condemned him and said, “He is guilty of death.”

Matt. 26:59–66; Mark 14:55–64

Prophesy Unto Us, Thou Christ

Then the men that held Jesus mocked him, and some began to spit on him, and when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face.

And the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands, and say unto him, “Prophesy unto us, thou Christ. Who is he that smote thee?” And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.

Matt. 26:67–68; Mark 14:65; Luke 22:63–65

Thou Also Wast with Jesus with Jesus of Nazareth

And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there one of the maids of the high priest that kept the door came unto him. And when she saw Peter as he sat by the fire warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, “Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.”

But he denied him before them all, saying, “Woman, I know him not, neither understand I what thou sayest.”

And when Simon Peter was gone out into the porch, and stood and warmed himself, the cock crew.

And after a little while another maid saw him again and began to say to them that stood by, “This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.” They said therefore unto him, “Art not thou also one of his disciples?”

And again he denied with an oath, and said, “Man, I am not. I do not know the man.”
And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and confidently affirmed again to Peter, “Did not I see thee in the garden with him? Surely thou also art one of them, for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech bewrayeth thee and agreeth thereto.”

Then Peter began to curse and to swear, saying, “Man, I know not what thou sayest of this man of whom ye speak.”

And immediately, while he yet spake, the second time the cock crew.
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, how he had said unto him, “Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.”

And when he thought thereon, Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

Matt. 26:69–75; Mark 14:66–72; Luke 22:56–62; John 18:17,25–27

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