There were many, many illegal things that happened at Jesus' trial. Their goal was to get Him condemned, not to truly and lawfully find out if He was guilty. They had been trying for a long time to find a way to put Him to death. Now, they had him in their hand and they did their best to get rid of Him. “If these men had intended to conduct a legal trial, a specific charge would have been made against Christ, and a warrant for His arrest would have been issued.”1 Since this was not what they wanted, they just twisted things to help them succeed in there agenda. This sounds like people in our government now a days. So now, what were some of the things that the Jewish leaders did?
First, the law said that it was illegal to do any of the law processes for a capital offense at night time. Right away, we see that Jesus was rested in the Garden at night. We can find this in the Bible were it talks about the mob having lanterns when they came to get Jesus. We read in the Bible how they were afraid the capture Jesus in the temple, because of the people. By doing this night capture they were able to have a more secret arrest. Then these Jews went even further and had the trial at night. There was also the law that said that the trials had to take place after the morning sacrifices. Again we see that this law was also broken.
Now lets take a look at Judas to see if what he did was even legal as far as the law goes.
Judas was what would be called an accomplice of Jesus' since he was with Him. The law said that testimonies from accomplices were not allowed, but let they used Judas as a route of arresting Jesus.
Earl L. Wingo says, “They had no warrant, nor authority of arrest whatsoever.”2 The normal process of arrest was done by two or three people, but we read in the Bible that there was a big crowd that came to arrest Jesus. They did not even really have a reason that a warrant should have been granted for His arrest, because they did not have a charge against Him.
In the book The Trial of Jesus Christ it says that “until they [the witnesses] spoke, and spoke in the public assembly, the prisoner was scarcely [never] an accused man. When they spoke, and the evidence of two agreed together, it formed a legal charge, libel or indictment, as well as the evidence for its truth.”3 In the Bible we are told that the witnesses did not agree together. This shows us that there is no way that Jesus should have had a charge held against Him.
Added to this, there was a rule that the the crime and actions of the one said to be guilty must be stated clearly. The Bible does not show that this was done. Here again, Jesus should not have been condemned.
The fact that the Sanhedrin was trying really hard to find a charge that was not really there can be seen in how they keep changing what they were accusing Jesus of. At first they said he was guilty of sedition. This is when they accused Jesus of saying that he could knock the temple down and build a new one in 3...