Did Jesus Go to Caiphas or Annas First?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Was Jesus taken to Caiaphas or Annas first?


Matthew 26:57

And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.


Mark 14:53

And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

Luke 22:54

Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.


John 18:13

And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. 


   Look very closely at the first three verses in which the skeptic bases his claim. Not a single one of them state they took Jesus to Caiphas first, simply that they did take Jesus to him. Proper chronology shows that they took him by Annas, and then wound up in front of Caiphas. Annas had previously been the high priest, and as the verse in John 18 shows us, Caiphas was high priest this year. One would believe that they took him to Annas first out of respect and fear they had of him. This visit to Annas reveals something of the condition of Jesus after leaving to go to see Caiphas and the elders:

John 18:24

Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

   If I tell someone that I am going to the store, but stop at the gas station first and then go, is that a contradiction? Of course not, I still went to the store. Itís only a contradiction if I stated I was going to the store first before anywhere else. The skeptic inserted a line of thinking unsupported by the text.

There is no contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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