The proper manner, taught by the academy of soldiering in Rome, was to take the accused by the right wrist, twist his arm behind him so that his knuckles touched between his shoulder blades, and at the same time, jam the heel of the boot down on the right instep. And they tied the other arm with a loose noose around the neck.2
- All legal measures, including arrests and detentions, were prohibited at night. Moreover, it was an exacting rule of Hebrew law that arrests and trials regarding capital crime could not occur at night.
- The use of an accomplice (Judas in this case) in securing an arrest was prohibited by Jewish law (Leviticus 19:16-18).
- According to Hebrew law, it was illegal to shackle a man before he was found guilty and afterward sentenced (John 18:12-13).
Our sins are debts that none can pay but Christ. It is not our tears, but His blood; it is not our sighs, but His sufferings, that can testify for our sins. Christ must pay all, or we are prisoners forever (Thomas Brooks).
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him (1 John 3:1).
When you have done your best, and have not succeeded, bring out this last hammer—the cross of Christ. I have often seen on pieces of cannon, in Latin words, this inscription, “The last argument of kings.” That is to say, cannons are the last argument of kings. But the cross is the last argument of God. If a dying Savior does not convert you, what will? (Charles Spurgeon).
- Chandler, Walter. The Trial of Jesus, vol. 1.
- Bishop, Jim. The Day Christ Died.