have no power at all against me, unless it is given to you from
Why do you prosecute
me by these accusations? Interrogate those who heard me teach. They
know very well the things I have said. I did not spread my message
in secret, but spoke openly for the world to hear, teaching publicly
in places of worship and the courtyards of the temple where my followers
If what I have
said violates your laws, then give evidence of this. But if I have
spoken the truth, then why do you strike me?
My kingdom is
not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my followers
would have taken up arms to defend it, that I should not be delivered
into your hands. But mine is not an earthly kingdom. Yet you are
right when you accuse me of being a king. To this end was I born,
and for this purpose I came into the world: that I should be a witness
to the truth. All who love the truth recognise my message. Now will
the prince of this world be overthrown; and if I be lifted up from
the earth, I will draw all people to me.
This above all
is why my Father loves me; for I lay down my life willingly that
I might take it up again. No man takes it from me; but I lay it
down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down; and I
have the power to take it up again. The Father has given me this
them; for they know not what they do.