As Jesus has been predicting, the hour has indeed come when He would be rejected by the religious leaders, betrayed by one of His own, given into the hands of the Romans, and put to death. Having spent time in prayer to the Father, Jesus is no longer afraid. Rather, He is filled with righteous resolve to complete the journey that began in Bethlehem. He is resolute and ready to face death for the sake of sinners. In this text we see the fast moving events that take Jesus from the serenity of the garden to the hastily called tribunal in the house of the high priest, Caiaphas.
This tribunal is not for the purpose of finding the truth. The verdict has already been given, and now all that is necessary is for the council to find some substantiating evidence. When the false witnesses fail to provide convincing testimony, the question is put to Jesus directly: Are you the Messiah, the Son of God? His answer puts away any doubt: I am!
The condemnation of the council starts a series of events