(51-56) Even though His prayer was not answered in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus the Christ knew that His Father was able to answer it. He knew that His Father was able to send legions of angels to rescue Him, but in order for the Scriptures to be fulfilled, He humbled Himself and was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
(57-68) Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council
Many false witnesses came forward during this mock trial, but none of the accusations they made against Jesus the Christ was enough to condemn Him to death. Finally, two witnesses came forward and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'” This statement was only partially true. In John 2:19, after Jesus cleansed the temple, He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
Jesus did not say that He would destroy the temple. He only said that He would raise it up. After all, the temple of God that He was talking about was not a brick-and-mortar building used for worship. He was talking about His body. Jesus was saying, “(You) destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” These two witnesses misconstrued Jesus’ words to make it sound like He wanted to destroy the temple when, in fact, they were the ones aiding in its destruction.
(69-75) Peter Denies Jesus
When he remembered the words of Jesus, Peter was immediately grieved by his acts of denial and wept. Because he was truly repentant, God was later able to use his life in a big way.
Favorite verse: (53) Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?