The Passion Of The Christ movie has got the whole world talking. This is a good thing for the Christian community. This gives the devout Christian an opportunity to share the message of Christ with a confused world seeking answers.
This move doesn't answer the questions the world who doesn't know Jesus, who He really is or how He was falsely accused of crimes that brought about His Crussifition.
The religious leaders of Jesus day were frighten of Jesus growing popularity and wanted Him out of the way. Jesus exposed their hypocrisy and self-righteousness. They wanted Jesus dead.
But there was one problem. Jesus was innocent!
Since they couldn't convict Him legally, they had no other choice but to do it illegally, breaking as many of their own laws as necessary .
They began by arresting Him at night-without a warrant; both of which were violation of Jewish law. At approximately 3:00 a.m. they took Jesus before Annas.
"Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him, and led Him away to Annas first;
For He was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year." John 18:12-13
This act was illegal because no prisoner was to be examined privately and in secret. Besides that, Annas had no official authority. He had retired as high priest, passing the position on to his son-in-law Caiaphas. After some questioning and mild abuse...
"...Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest." John 18:24
By now Caiaphas had called an informal meeting of the Sanhedrin. They were a selected group of pharisees, elders and scribes, the "religious of the religious." Their meeting at Caiaphas' palace at that hour of the night was illegal in itself.
" and they led Jesus away to the high priest : and with Him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and scribes," Mark 14:53
More violations took place during their questioning of Jesus. He was never allowed a proper defense, nor was any formal accusation even made.
The "witnesses" that they found, phony as they were, did not even have testimonies that collaborated.