Jesus was not condemned under a primitive, barbaric, or even inadequate judicial system, but under the best. Jesus, the righteous One was condemned to death by the most merciful and careful system of judicial processes known to our race. If we ask, as we must, “But how could that happen? How could the very Son of God be condemned?” The answer is that the problem is not so much in the system itself as it is in the hearts of those who interpret and implement the system and its codes. The human heart is “deceitful above all things and beyond cure,” as Jeremiah once wrote (Jer.17:9). It is this that circumvents the law or actually uses the law to destroy the innocent.