Daily Bible Reading (Tuesday, February 6th)7
Matthew 27 (ESV)
Jesus Delivered to Pilate
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
Judas Hangs Himself
3 Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus[a] was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers. 8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me.”
Jesus Before Pilate
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.”20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood;[b] see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged[c] Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
Jesus Is Mocked
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters,[d]and they gathered the whole battalion[e] before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.
32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
The Death of Jesus
45 Now from the sixth hour[f] there was darkness over all the land[g] until the ninth hour.[h] 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son[i] of God!”
55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
Jesus Is Buried
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard[j] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
- Matthew 27:3 Greek he
- Matthew 27:24 Some manuscripts this righteous blood, or this righteous man's blood
- Matthew 27:26 A Roman judicial penalty, consisting of a severe beating with a multi-lashed whip containing embedded pieces of bone and metal
- Matthew 27:27 Greek the praetorium
- Matthew 27:27 Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 men
- Matthew 27:45 That is, noon
- Matthew 27:45 Or earth
- Matthew 27:45 That is, 3 p.m.
- Matthew 27:54 Or a son
- Matthew 27:65 Or Take a guard
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Tommy Hard Feb 7, 2018 @ 7:37 am
Jesus is theKing of the Jews who willingly let himself be betrayed by Judas and rejected by the leaders and people of Israel who, in condemning the sinless and delivering him to the gentiles to be tortured to death, took the guilt of his murder upon themselves and their children, all in fulfillment of prophecy.
Jesus, the Son of God, was crucified to death with great signs from heaven, and was buried in a guarded tomb.
*I'm a day late in reading and commending, but didn't want to pass over the death of our Lord!*
Ben Tiemeyer Feb 6, 2018 @ 10:37 am
But the most mysterious aspect of the saga
3 hours spent under the wrath of His Father
His Dad is who commanded it
His attributes demanded it
The lamb was doomed to handle this: absolute abandonment
The craziest thing the universe has ever known
For the first time in eternity, God was alone
Reading this chapter reminded me of these lyrics by Shai Linne, truly amazing to reflect what Christ suffered through to accomplish our salvation! For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross (Heb 12:2)
Tyler T. Bull Feb 6, 2018 @ 7:30 am
This little text box makes it deceptive as to how wordy I'm getting! Whoops!
Tyler T. Bull Feb 6, 2018 @ 7:28 am
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood;[b] see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”
That's a pretty chilling statement. It's pretty important to recognize for myself that I was once a hater of God. Two types of hate in these verses; visible vehement hatred of the crowd and the hatred of idolatry from Pilate. Jesus says you cannot serve God and money, you will love one and hate the other. But love of money is just one form of idolatry, we can express our hatred for God by loving a lot of things more than Him. He says anyone who would be worthy of Him must "hate" those things closest to them: family, and our own lives. That's pretty simple, either this world or God is going to get our worship. To worship one means to despise the other, "You cannot serve God and money, you will love one and hate the other". A reminder to keep putting away idolatry, to keep looking to Christ and pursuing Him only. The love of this world dooms just as readily as a vehement hatred of Jesus.
Helpful to remember that apart from grace, we are most likely to be like Pilate. I don't know a lot of people who cheered during "The Passion of the Christ" (thank God) but I do run into a lot of people who's hatred is veiled under the guise of indifference. Helpful to recall that indifference is hatred; we were all haters of God (Rom 1:30). And man left to his own devices would kill God, and did kill God.
Thankful for a God that does all the saving. When my will was set on unworthy things He showed me His worth and exchanged my will for His. He is still doing this today, through His Gospel! I want to help others to see themselves as they ought, see Christ's work as they ought, so that they will worship God as they ought. We need to dissect the heart and expose it's blackness so that men will look about for a Savior.
Sarah Birch Feb 6, 2018 @ 6:05 am
His death gave me life. His blood broke my chains. Thank you Lord!
Colin Bradley Feb 6, 2018 @ 5:52 am
The compassion Jesus shows for his people during his death and the time leading up to it baffles me. I am also amazed at his willing submission to his Father’s will. We can learn much from this chapter! God help me shower Christlike compassion on others, and give me the strength to yield to your will daily. Thank you for sending your son to the cross on my behalf!
Keagan McLeese Feb 6, 2018 @ 5:18 am
Everything He went through here, I deserved. Amazing love, how can it be, that thou my God shouldst die for me!