Mathew 27 Lesson

Jesus is crucified

Chapter 27 includes two of the main pillars of Christianity, Jesus’ death, and burial. The resurrection will be discussed in chapter 28.

Throughout His life on earth, Jesus taught us many lessons. Now, as the hour of His death is approaching, Jesus continues to teach us by His example. The following scriptures will be the focus of today’s lesson:

  • “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.  If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.” – Mathew 5:38-40.
  • “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34.

In the most difficult of circumstances, Jesus was able to live His life exactly as He had asked others to live their lives.

But what about us? Do these scriptures apply to us today? The answer is yes.

God does not want us to take revenge against those that have wronged us. As Jesus taught us on the Sermon on the Mount, He wants us to, “Turn the other cheek,” and to forgive others.

Sometimes that may seem like a tall order. What if somebody has done something horrible to us? Are we supposed to turn the other cheek and forgive them also? What if they repeatedly are offending us? Are we supposed to continue to forgive them every time?

The answer is yes.

Consider this the next time you find yourself in a situation where you are finding it hard to forgive somebody, or to turn the other cheek.

  1. Turning the other cheek and forgiving are exactly what Jesus did and what He commands us to do.
  2. Regardless of how difficult we may feel that our situation is, it does not compare to what Jesus went through.
  3. Jesus was beaten.
  4. Jesus was mocked.
  5. Jesus was abandoned.
  6. Jesus was scourged with a whip.
  7. Jesus was denied by those closest to Him.
  8. Jesus was hung on a cross for sins that He did not commit.

And through all the physical and emotional trauma that He went through, His mind was on forgiveness until His final breath. Jesus turned the other cheek and did not fight back when He had every reason to.

Our Lord and Savior entered the world through great adversity. Shortly after His birth, Mary and Joseph had to leave town to protect Jesus from Herod who was trying to have Him killed. The end of Jesus’ time on earth was even more horrific. Through all of this, Jesus’ love, mercy and grace were unphased. He is the brightest light shining forever in a sometimes cold and dark world.

We will end today’s study with the words from our discussion forum archive on Luke 23.

In chapter 23, we read about Jesus standing before Pilate. Then we read about Him standing before Herod. And finally, about Jesus standing before Pilate a second time. It is this sequence of events that happen just before Jesus’ crucifixion that we will focus on today.

Jesus is brought before Pilate and they accuse Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” So Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee even as far as this place.” – Luke 23:1-5

This is the closest thing we have written in the Bible to understand what charges Jesus was being accused of. In Luke 23:2, Luke writes, “And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man:

  • “Misleading our nation”
  • “Forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar”
  • “And saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” 

These are Luke’s account of the charges Jesus was brought up on.

And as we have read, Pilate’s initial response was, “I find no guilt in this man.” – Luke 23:4.

That should have been it. Jesus was accused. Pilate had the authority to rule and did not find anything that Jesus was guilty of, and Jesus would be free to leave. But sadly, we know that is not what happened. The bloodthirsty crowd and the power-hungry leaders of the day pressured Pilate to find Jesus guilty. Pilate for his part passes the responsibility to Herod when he learns that Jesus was a Galilean and that Herod had authority over Galilean’s.

Luke writes beginning in verse 11, “And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently.  And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate.” So Herod does not make any decision regarding Jesus’ guilt or innocence.

Both Pilate and Herod knew they were making historical decisions, and neither one of them wanted that responsibility. Pilate tries to pass the responsibility to Herod, and Herod gives it right back to him. Instead of doing what they believed to be right, they gave into peer pressure.

That can happen to us too if we are not careful. We can read for ourselves what the Bible teaches us is right and wrong. We have the Holy Spirit to help us “Feel” it. But will we always make the right decisions and do the right things in life? Like Pilate, maybe we start off trying to do what we believe is right, but then we become susceptible to the negative influence of others and we allow them to change our minds. Maybe we are like Paul who said, “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” – Romans 7:19.

To protect ourselves from peer pressure requires a strong faith. We know that, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17. And as our faith grows, we need to turn it into actions because faith without works is dead. – James 2:17.

We should always try to get it right. When we fail, we can take comfort that we have a loving and forgiving Father. 1 John 1:9 says, “But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

To have the courage to do what we know to be right, even when others are pressuring us to do that which we know to be wrong, is a noble thing to strive for. Let us end today’s blog with the following quote:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:8.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 28 and the crucifixion of Jesus. May God’s blessings be upon you until then! Amen


Anthony Onyango Yakobo

Forgiveness frees us up from the bondage of our own forgiveness and opens the hearts of the forgiven person to see the love of God in our lives.