Matthew 27

When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

And sitting down they watched him there;

And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:  Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.  And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

It’s interesting to think of reading the “Easter Story” a little less than a week before Christmas, but the Crucifixion of Jesus is what the Gift of Christmas is all about.

This is the 2nd last Chapter of Matthew, and I love the timing that we can begin with the Gospel of Mark at the beginning of the New Year.

Anyway, back to chapter 27 and Matthew brings us to the 2nd event that rocked the world. The first being the birth of Emmanuel, now we see the Savior of the world prepared for His spotless sacrifice.

Jesus came to save the world- which means Jews and Gentiles, therefore it makes sense that He would be judged by both Jews and Gentiles and sentenced to death by both.

In Judas’ return of the blood money he was paid for betraying Jesus- he actually becomes a witness for Jesus’s innocence when he threw the money in the temple. Interesting thought that just popped into my head about this. The contrast between Jesus throwing down the tables and money of the businessmen who set up shop in the Temple, out of respect and honor of God the Father and His Holy House, and Judas throwing the money down in the temple out of fear and guilt with no thought of God the Father or His Holy House.

The Pharisees at least recognized the thirty pieces of silver for what they were- blood money which could not be used for temple service, so they ordered it be spent on a potter’s field to bury strangers.  One would think the religious leaders being so thoroughly learned in Scriptures would recognize their own fulfillment of prophecy.  Notice here though Matthew uses Jeremiah as the source of the prophecy, and yet many claim it’s Zechariah who prophesied about the potter’s field.

It seems that both would be correctly used here, as Zechariah 11:12, 13 says,
And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

Jeremiah 19:1-13 goes into more detail and is a prophecy of shedding innocent blood.

As with other things that seem to be contradictory or errors, I take it on faith that Matthew wrote what the Holy Spirit influenced him to write.  Where there are debates on accuracy or inconsistencies and contradictions, there will always be more questions raised.  There’s nothing wrong with questioning or researching to understand, but for me to claim to know one way or another would be misleading.  I’m still learning and understand the gist of the events and the prophecies which foretold them enough to believe the events happened as they were recorded.

Moving on, notice too that Judas repented – he confessed his sin and even made restitution by trying to give the money back,  but he was still condemned.  Why?  I guess it could be that because he only repented and gave it back after the deed was done- his conscience finally pricked him, but only after holding onto the money until after he did the deed of betraying Jesus.  Had he not had a hard and selfish heart (he was the treasurer after all, and had seen and experienced as much as the other disciples) had he thought it through without greed and about what he presumed, that is that Jesus was going to over throw the Romans, he could have given the money back and not led the leaders to Jesus at all.  Lastly, he confessed to those he betrayed Jesus to.  He didn’t confess it to God.

Remember David, after his committing adultery with Bathsheba, then committing murder of Uriah?  First in 2 Samuel 12:13, he confessed to Nathan the prophet that he had sinned against the Lord.  “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

By confessing our sins, no matter how bad they are, to the Lord and acknowledging that when we sin, we do sin against Him- we give Him repentance and confession, and He by His grace and mercy cleanses us.

When Judas confessed, he confessed to men, the very ones who wanted Jesus dead and gone- and of course he got no sympathy from them.  What is that to us? 

God is our confessional, and the main part of the story of Jesus’s death that will always be so vivid to me, is when the temple veil was torn, thereby separating the only thing that stood between man and God.  Jesus, made it so we could go direct to our Father in Heaven, no longer having to go through men.

The veil of the temple was for concealment to keep that most Holy place separate,  the Glory of the Lord hidden lest people die. Reminds us of Moses as he came down the mountain after seeing God, and the Shekinah Glory shone from his face so that the people begged him to put a veil covering so they could be in his presence.  Aaron and all the Israelites looked at Moses, and behold, his face was radiant. And they were afraid to approach him.… Exodus 34:30

Because of Jesus Christ the mysteries were unveiled, the mercy seat which signified Jesus as our the great Propitiation; manna signified Jesus is the Bread of life, and to see the Glory is to see Salvation through Jesus.  And through Jesus, the walls between Jew and Gentile were also torn down- a Savior for Jew and Gentile, God of all.

I know there is so much more to the events surrounding the trial, scourging, torture and everything Jesus suffered before and during the Cross, but like so much of the Scriptures, different parts stand out in different ways, and so many scholars have taught on all of the parts of this chapter- but now you know the parts that speak to me and how.

How about you? What parts stand out the most, and why?

As we head into the holiday which we celebrate the birth of our King, this song, which has been around for a number of years, was new to me only a few weeks ago. And it describes the birth and all it means to the world just so right…. 

Have a beautiful and Blessed Wednesday all.

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