The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Part 8

The Little Known Drivers of Easter: We Know This Can’t Happen But…

Pilate and his centurion, Maximus, served together as young officer and legionary. A few months after Passover, and with Maximus retiring soon, Pilate arranges a dinner, at his palace by the coast, to introduce him to useful people. As they enjoy a drink together before the meal Maximus mentions the latest rumour in Jerusalem.  Jesus’ disciples are claiming their rabbi rose from the dead. Thousands of Hebrews are now worshipping “The Risen Lord”.

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The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Part 7

The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Interrogation Before Caiaphas

If Jesus is going before Pilate on Friday morning accused of trying to start a rebellion against Rome there needs to be some evidence. Jesus is interrogated through the early hours of Friday.  There is testimony that he would destroy and rebuild the Temple in three days. That might convince Pilate that Jesus is completely insane but it doesn’t suggest he’s a threat to Rome. Meanwhile Caiaphas wants to know exactly who and what Jesus really is.

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The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Part 6

The Little Known Drivers of Easter: In The Circumstances, That’s Brilliant!

It’s Thursday of the week before the Passover. If they priests want Jesus dead for sedition he has to be convicted and dead so he can be removed from the cross before the Passover starts at sunset on that Friday evening. The priests and their lawyer discuss how they can get due process completed in the limited time.

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The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Part 5

The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Give to Caesar

Only the Romans can execute Jesus, but they aren’t worried about someone upsetting priests. The Roman government doesn’t do God. Can the priests find someone who can trap Jesus into publically committing sedition? The Romans do kill people who challenge their power.

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Little Known Drivers of Easter: Part 4

The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Temple Action

Jesus arrives in Jerusalem and, instead of attacking the Romans, he attacks the traders who change sell the special ‘sacred’ currency that the Priests insist the people use to pay for sacrifices. Telling the Temple leaders that they’re as much a part of God’s problem as the heathen Romans, isn’t likely to win him friends among the powerful.

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Little Known Drivers of Easter: Part 3

The Little Known Drivers of Easter: High Priests

The Temple Mount, Jerusalem: If Pilate was worried about whether he had anything to threaten Jesus with, the High Priest was also worried about the impact of a celebrity rabbi with a talent for “signs and wonders”. What if the crowd, especially the Passover pilgrims think he is the prophet Elijah back to bring heavenly fire down onto Roman Heads? Won’t he just bring Roman violence on Judean heads?

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Little Known Drivers of Easter: Part 2

The Little Known Drivers of Easter: Pilate and Claudia

Pilate’s Palace: Pontius Pilate is responsible to the Emperor Tiberius for keeping the peace in Judea and the money flowing to Rome. He’s just put down one violent insurrection. Pilate and his wife Claudia discuss how Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem in the days ahead discuss the dangers Jesus might pose to good order.

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