to Caiaphas the high priest,
where the scribes and the elders were assembled.….
Then the high priest said to him,
“I order you to tell us under oath before the living God
whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“You have said so.
But I tell you:
From now on you will see ‘the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power’
and ‘coming on the clouds of heaven.’”
Then the high priest tore his robes and said,
“He has blasphemed!
What further need have we of witnesses?
You have now heard the blasphemy;
what is your opinion?”
They said in reply,
“He deserves to die!”
(Matthew 26:57, 63-66)
Giotto, Jesus Before Caiaphas
Padua, Arena Chapel
© M. Duffy, 2011