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In episode 6 of the Bible Series Podcast, the sun rises over Jerusalem. The night before, Jesus shared his last meal with his disciples and tells them, to their shock and horror, that He will be killed. Their friend and fellow disciple, Judas, has betrayed Jesus to Jewish authorities that seek to appease the Roman government.
With the sun heralding a new day, Passover begins. A time when the Jewish people celebrate deliverance from past oppressors, Passover has taken on a new significance with Jesus’ entrance into the Holy City. Due to the current oppression of the Jewish people by the Roman Empire and the whispers that Jesus could be the long-awaited Messiah, tensions are at an all-time high.
A tradition that should accompany a time of reflection and thanksgiving to God has been marred by the long night before, with Jesus’ arrest and heated trial. Crowds gather outside in the temple courtyard, awaiting any news about Jesus following His arrest. Eventually, the door opens to reveal Jesus, weakened by a night of relentless abuse and covered in blood.
When the temple authorities announce Jesus’ sentence, the people are stunned. Judas, who is among the people in the crowd, becomes fully aware of the magnitude and implication of his actions. Peter, who is there as well, feels utter helplessness pervading his being: the story wasn’t supposed to end this way.
Fear leads Peter to act in a way that causes shame to pour over him like liquid fire. Guilt pushes Judas to decide upon a final, resolute action in the face of his betrayal. Pontius Pilate, acting on behalf of the Roman government, makes a deal with the Jewish authorities and washes his hands of the conflict.
In a flurry of chaos, Jesus’ fate is decided in an unlikely and horrifying manner. Tune in to episode 6 to encounter the political upheaval caused on this day, as well as the pain, confusion and sadness left in the wake of Jesus’ arrest and sentencing.
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