He went out and cried and cried and cried.
The men in charge of Jesus began poking fun at him, slapping him around.
They put a blindfold on him and taunted, "Who hit you that time?"
They were having a grand time with him.
When it was morning, the religious leaders of the people and the high priests and scholars all got together and brought him before their High Council.
They said, "Are you the Messiah?"
If I asked what you meant by your question, you wouldn't answer me.
So here's what I have to say: From here on the Son of Man takes his place at God's right hand, the place of power."
They all said, "So you admit your claim to be the Son of God?" "You're the ones who keep saying it," he said.
But they had made up their minds, "Why do we need any more evidence? We've all heard him as good as say it himself."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)