Mathew 27. Forum Discussion

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

At the beginning of this chapter Jesus is delivered to the governor, Pilate, by the chief priests and elders. Jesus is asked several questions including, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answers this question by responding, “It is as you say.” He is asked other questions but declines to answer. Pilate says to Jesus, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” Jesus did not answer this question and did not answer Pilate with regard to even a single charge. Pilate was quite amazed.

While this is going on, Judas felt remorse for turning Jesus in and goes to return the 30 pieces of silver. Judas tells the chief priests and elders, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They reply to Judas, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” Judas threw the 30 pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he want away and hanged himself.

It was a custom of the time for the Governor to release any one prisoner whom they wanted. Pilate asked the people gathering who they would like to release. The crowd chooses Barabbas to be released so Pilate asks them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify Him!”  And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!” Pilate then took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.”  And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”

Pilate releases Barabbas as the crowd had asked and after Jesus is scourged, Pilate hands him over to be crucified. Jesus is mocked, beaten and spat upon. He refuses to drink wine mixed with gall that is offered to Him. About the 9th hour (3:00 PM), Jesus cries out, “ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ?” that is, “ My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me ?” Here you see both sides of Jesus – His deity and His humanity. The deity side of Jesus follows through on His mission, while the human side must have felt incredibly alone and He cries out to His father. It is amazing to me after all the beatings, humiliation, insults, and finally the crucifixion how Jesus still pleads with His father to, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

At Jesus’ death, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.

When evening came, there was a rich man named Joseph who asks Pilate if he can have the body of Jesus. Pilate ordered that Jesus’ body be given to the man. Joseph takes Jesus’ body, wrapped it in a clean cloth, and laid it in His own tomb, which he had hewn out with a rock. He rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.

The following day, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered with Pilate and remembered how Jesus had said when He was alive, “After three days I am to rise again.” They asked for Pilate to give orders to secure the grave. Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

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 is even more horrific. Through all of this, Jesus’ love, mercy and grace are unphased. He is the brightest light shining forever in a sometimes cold and dark world. - Amen

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Another great example of Jesus' humility. I think a lot about His teachings: to turn the other cheek and to stay humble. If Jesus was able to endure all that He went through, and not resort to violence, or to take down His enemies which would have been so easy to do, I can practice humility and turn the other cheek as opposed to be combative when provoked.

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