kjv@Luke:23:1@ And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
kjv@Luke:23:2@ And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
kjv@Luke:23:3@ And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
kjv@Luke:23:4@ Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
kjv@Luke:23:5@ And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
kjv@Luke:23:6@ When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
kjv@Luke:23:7@ And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
kjv@Luke:23:8@ And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
kjv@Luke:23:9@ Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
kjv@Luke:23:10@ And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
kjv@Luke:23:11@ And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
kjv@Luke:23:12@ And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
kjv@Luke:23:13@ And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
kjv@Luke:23:14@ Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
kjv@Luke:23:15@ No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
Can't help but think of the parable Jesus gave on the distant vineyard owner that sent envoys to gather it's produce only to be rejected by the hired hands. Jesus hints that there were those who knew who the Son was and yet killed Him to steal away His inheritance kjv@Mark:12:1-12. Who in this crowd would He be talking about?
We should not jump to conclusions concerning the Disciples. The tendency might be to think that they were afraid or ashamed or confused in hiding. The fact that they were unanimously absent might suggest that they were told to or couched to stay away perhaps due to safety, perhaps due to the type of unbiased testimony the Spirit wanted to collect. We just can't be sure.
No one man surely could not have witnessed all of these details recorded throughout these key passages of the Passion and Crucifixion. What we are reading more likely is a collection of testimonies from several sources gathered together by Doctor Luke in this case. What the acquaintances and women saw from afar was from their lips, what the Centurion said most likely from his or someone close enough to him, what the thieves said from the same in close witness. The two Mary's and half brother James may have been close enough sources for most of this, but, not all of this. It would behoove Luke to utilize many sources. And there could have been many more than we are aware of.
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