Then Festus said: "King Agrippa and all men present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish community has appealed to me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he should not live any longer.
shouting, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place. What's more, he also brought Greeks into the temple and has profaned this holy place."
For we have found this man to be a plague, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the Roman world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes!
He even tried to desecrate the temple, so we apprehended him [[and wanted to judge him according to our law.
Neither can they provide evidence to you of what they now bring against me.
that a search should be made in your fathers' record books. In these record books you will discover and verify that the city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces. There have been revolts in it since ancient times. That is why this city was destroyed.
Then Haman informed King Ahasuerus, "There is one ethnic group, scattered throughout the peoples in every province of your kingdom, yet living in isolation. Their laws are different from everyone else's, so that they defy the king's laws. It is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them.
Do not give me over to the will of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence.
Malicious witnesses come forward; they question me about things I do not know.
"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.
Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
But they could not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two who came forward
stated, "This man said, 'I can demolish God's sanctuary and rebuild it in three days.'"
The high priest then stood up and said to Him, "Don't You have an answer to what these men are testifying against You?"
And the chief priests began to accuse Him of many things.
Then Pilate questioned Him again, "Are You not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing You of!"
They began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this man subverting our nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is the Messiah, a King."
The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing Him.
If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a meddler.
But if [anyone suffers] as a Christian, he should not be ashamed, but should glorify God with that name.