Pontius Pilate: What is truth, Claudia? Do you hear it, recognize it when it is spoken?
Claudia Procles: Yes, I do. Don’t you?
Pontius Pilate: How? Can you tell me?
Claudia Procles: If you will not hear the truth, no one can tell you.
Pontius Pilate: Truth… do you want to know what my truth is, Claudia? I’ve been putting down rebellions in this rotten outpost for eleven years. If I don’t condemn this man I know Caiphas will start a rebellion. If I do condemn him, then his followers may. Either way, there will be bloodshed. Caeser has warned me, Claudia. Warned me twice. He swore that the next time the blood would be mine. That is my truth!
Jesus: I have spoken openly to everyone. I’ve taught in the Temple where we all gathered. Ask those who have heard what I have to say.
Temple Guard: Is that how you address the High Priest? With arrogance?
Jesus: If I have spoken evil, tell me what evil I have said. But if not, why do you hit me?
Annas: Yes, we’ll listen to those that have heard your blashpemies. Good! Let’s hear them!
Accuser: He cures the sick by magic! With the help of devils! I’ve seen it. He casts out devils, with the help of devils.
Accuser: He calls himself the King of the Jews!
Accuser: No, he calls himself the Son of God! He said he would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days!
Accuser: Worse! He claims he’s the Bread of Life! And if we don’t eat his flesh or drink his blood we won’t inherit eternal life.
Caiphas: Silence! You’re all under this man’s spell. Either offer proof of his wrongdoing or be quiet!
Nicodemus: This entire proceeding is an outrage. All I’ve heard from these “witnesses” is mindless contradiction!