Daily Bible Reading (Tuesday, Feb. 7th)


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 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; 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 Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion 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.

The Crucifixion

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 there was darkness over all the land[g] until the ninth hour. 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 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 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.


I couldn't help but stop at Judas' response to his betrayal. Judas felt guilty in his sin. God didn't let him walk away proud or happy with his money, but stricken by guilt. So much so that he hanged himself out of the guilt which tortured him. A clear example of guilty feelings which did not lead to repentance. A good warning that 'feeling bad' about something is not evidence of repentance.

And the other 11 will tell us the story of how Spirit driven repentance changes an entire person. Judas will be remembered as the betrayer, but everybody betrayed Jesus on this day. The Lord in His power and free willing mercy, granted repentance to the others, and they mostly died as martyrs.

Thankful for a Spirit which can change our hearts and lives so radically.

Verse 54 - no doubt the centurion was an experienced executioner but watching Jesus' crucifixion led him to salvation! "Truly He is the Son of God!"

Joseph in v59 leaves an example of generosity and of being sacrificial with time, money and energy. He did a lot with Jesus's burial and even cut out the tomb in the rock.

This chapter is full of the many ways Christ suffered, physically, emotionally, spiritually, all so He could make a way for our salvation. His service to us, His forgiveness of us came at such a tremendous personal cost. In light os this, why am I ever anything but joyful and eager to serve or forgive others?

I love thinking about the "guard of soldiers" trying to make Christ's tomb "as secure as they can". Wouldn't be long before their efforts would prove worthless. Thankful that our Savior lives!

When reading the part about Jesus on trial I often think of a Shai linne song that I like that is based on an older hymn. "Were you there when they Crucified my Lord?"

I see myself in the people as the respond to Pilate's question, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”

Thankful that my Lord died that I might live.
Philippians 2:5-11

"His blood be on us and on our children!" Oh how sorrowful and foolish is that statement, but how foolish am I when I think that my ways or my plans are better than obeying the Lord?

Just to think that Jesus endured that horrifying, torturous pain for my sake, for our sake, so that we could be saved even though we were like the ones in the crowd who rejected and mocked Him...amazing love, how can it be?

All I can say is that I have no idea the impact that this real dark drama of the crucifixion really has on me emotionally, because I was not there obviously, but I know what I go through by just reading it,
especially Isaiah 53 and or Psalm 22. Nevertheless, my emotions will by no means compare at all (even though knowing I am not to rely on them). All I have is a glimpse. When watching Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ", I am reminded of the scourging scene, even though that was a bit of hollywood's take, I just remember saying, "enough already"! I couldn't hold back the tears throughout that whole scene. Same as when watching "Jesus of Nazareth" when I was 6 years old. All this to say, I am a sinner and was guilty of all this. I thank the triune God for all of Him and to forgive me for holding back my all to Him. Like the tax collector all I can say is have mercy on me, a sinner Lord.

I was talking to the Middle school about the opening line of Ps 22 that Jesus quotes from the cross. I have found meditating on that Psalm in the context of the crucifixion to be profitable. The end of the Psalm as well as the first part that is so clearly prophetic and parallel to this passage.

One could write books on all that happened that day. But what stood out to me was the emptiness of sin. Judas didn't get what he wanted from Jesus (worldly power and wealth), so he traded Jesus for 30 pieces of sliver. In the end, he realized what he did but he didn't repent. Instead, he went and hanged himself. So it is with the process of sin. It never delivers and always leads to suffering and death.

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