Matthew 27:1-31

With Judas we see what happens when someone gives themselves over to sin. The sin, for one reason or another, ultimately destroys them.

James 1:15 “Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.”

Pilate asks Jesus if He is the king of the Jews because insurrection is one of the crimes that demands crucifixion, and the Jewish leadership want Jesus to be crucified. Jesus submits to the trial, the accusations, the humiliation, and the abuse because He is fulfilling Scripture:

Isaiah 53:7 “He was treated harshly and afflicted, but he did not even open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not even open his mouth.”

Acts 8:32-35 “Now the passage of scripture the man was reading was this: ‘He was led like a sheep to slaughter, and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In humiliation justice was taken from him. Who can describe his posterity? For his life was taken away from the earth.’ Then the eunuch said to Philip, ‘Please tell me, who is the prophet saying this about—himself or someone else?’ So Philip started speaking, and beginning with this scripture proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him.”

And Peter uses Jesus’ example to teach us how we are to behave when unjustly accused:

1 Peter 2:21-23 “For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. He committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. When he was maligned, he did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly.”

Pilate, while not a righteous man, doesn’t want to put Jesus to death, but he ultimately gives in to the Jewish leadership and the crowds. Incidentally, it’s the leadership that incites the crowd to call for Barabbas, a murderer, to be released! How often to we go with the crowd, when we should be standing up for our principles?

Consider this statement: “Let His blood be on us and on our children.” Is there anything more chilling than that? The irony is that he shed his blood so that they and their children could have a relationship with God! In truth, just as the blood was put on the doorposts during the first Passover (Exodus 12:12-13), if His blood is really “on us” (because of our belief in Him) then we will be forgiven!

1 Peter 1:18-19 “You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed—not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.”

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