Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Aren't you going to answer? Don't you have something to say about their charges against you?"
But Jesus said nothing. Again the high priest said to Jesus, "I command you by the power of the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."
Jesus answered, "Those are your words. But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, the Powerful One, and coming on clouds in the sky."
When the high priest heard this, he tore his clothes and said, "This man has said things that are against God! We don't need any more witnesses; you all heard him say these things against God.
What do you think?" The people answered, "He should die."
Then the people there spat in Jesus' face and beat him with their fists. Others slapped him.
They said, "Prove to us that you are a prophet, you Christ! Tell us who hit you!"
At that time, as Peter was sitting in the courtyard, a servant girl came to him and said, "You also were with Jesus of Galilee."
But Peter said to all the people there that he was never with Jesus. He said, "I don't know what you are talking about."
When he left the courtyard and was at the gate, another girl saw him. She said to the people there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."
Again, Peter said he was never with him, saying, "I swear I don't know this man Jesus!"