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Matthew 27:11-14. Governor's Palace 12 Dec 2023

Mat 27:11 Jesus, then, was brought before the governor, and the governor put to him this question, 'Are you the king of the Jews?' Jesus replied, 'It is you who say it.' 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders he refused to answer at all. 13 Pilate then said to him, 'Do you not hear how many charges they have made against you?' 14 But to the governor's amazement, he offered not a word in answer to any of the charges.

Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.

The chief priests and the elders appear to be omnipresent. They could meat Judas and Pilate at the same time. I have two thoughts:
a) The gospel is not told in chronological order.
b) The appearing of Judas at the Jewish court was short, just minutes. In that case, Jesus was almost present when Judas spoke his regret.

Interestingly the priests and elders came with many charges to Pilate. At their own court, they could not prove any. Thus, they hardly could convince Pilate. They would deserve flogging for contempt of the court of Pilate.

Asked if He were the king of the Jews, Jesus answered similarly as to the High Priest, 'It is you who say it.'


Jesus, are you my king?

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