Matthew – Chapter 27 – Outline
- The chief priests plotted to put Jesus to death
- They delivered Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor
- Judas was remorseful and brought back the 30 pieces of silver
- Then he hanged himself
- The chief priest used the money to buy the potter’s field to bury strangers
- This fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophesy
- Jesus stood before the governor
- The governor asked if He was the king of the Jews
- Jesus confirmed it, but did not answer to the accusation of the chief priests
- At the feast, the governor was accustomed to releasing a prisoner
- Pilate asked, Do you want me to release Jesus or Barabbas
- The chief priests persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas
- They asked to crucify Him
- Pilate washed his hands before them and said, I am innocent of the blood of this just person
- Then he released Barabbas and had Jesus scourged and delivered to be crucified
- The soldiers of the governors took Jesus to the Praetorium
- Stripped and put a scarlet robe on Him
- Put a crown of thorns on His head, beat and mocked Him
- The soldiers led Him to be crucified
- They compelled Simon, from Cyrene, to bear His cross
- When they came to Golgotha, they gave Him wine mixed with gall to drink but Jesus refused it
- Then they crucified Him and divided His garments according to prophesy
- They put over His head the accusation: This is Jesus the king of the Jews
- He was crucified with two robbers
- People and the chief priests mocked Him
- On the ninth hour there was a great darkness
- Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”
- One soldier offered Him some vinegar
- Jesus cried aloud and yielded up His spirit
- The veil in the temple was torn in two
- The graves were opened and many bodies of the saints were raised
- In the evening, a disciple, a rich man from Arimathea claimed His body
- He laid it in his new tomb
- The next day the chief priests requested Pilate to make the tomb secure
- Pilate told them to secure the tomb with their guards
- They did it
Matthew 27:45-50 – Jesus’ Death on the Cross
It is astounding the amount of detail that was prophesied about Jesus’ life. Centuries before His coming prophets had described unique events that combined, make it statistically impossible to be coincidences. I have difficulty in understanding how anyone who understands probability can disregard such evidence about Jesus’ identity. This shows that what we believe is not based on logical evidence but on a prior judgment. We believe only what we are willing to believe.
Jesus is unique not only because He is the only spiritual leader that was resurrected but also because He is the only one whose life was prophesied and that, with amazing accuracy. Practically every event happening in the day of Jesus’ crucifixion was described before, at times centuries before it happened. For example, Psalm 22 gives an accurate account of His crucifixion. It starts with the last word of Jesus as He was dying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Ps 22:1)
But they could not kill Him. He could not die because He had not sinned. Before Adam sinned there was no death. Death came after and is the result of the curse of the law.
Jesus knew this psalm. Up to that time he had suffered physical and emotional pain silently. Why now this outburst? At the moment He drank of the cup that He had been sent to drink, He received on Himself all the sins of the world. This is not a figure of speech. It was a real spiritual transfer which He voluntarily allowed. Have you ever done something really bad, and have come to the place where you felt remorse, guilt, shame and judgment? Multiply that for all the most atrocious sins ever committed and you may start to perceive what was going on in Jesus’ mind at that moment. He felt fully forsaken by God and His life was instantly destroyed. That was the literal fulfillment of God’s warning in Genesis 2:17.
Isa 53:3-7 describes the Great Exchange. He took our sins that we may have his righteousness (1 Pet 2:24). He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29. 36). The cross is the greatest demonstration of love towards us. Praise God!
But Jesus also knew the final outcome. Psalm 22 does not stop at Jesus’ death, it sees beyond that sorrowful moment. It sees the resulting uttermost victory. He was, is and will be “The King of the Jews” as they posted on the sign over His head on the cross. He confirmed to Pontius Pilate and identified Himself as the Messiah to the high priests. They killed Him because who He really was. He will come back as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (1 Tim 6:14, Rev 17:14, 19:16).
What I described above is wonderful, but it’s only a part of what took place that day. A New Covenant was established between God and us. A new life was given to us. The Holy Spirit can fill our life and empower us.
I thank you Lord for your sacrifice. You offered your life to give us life. You suffered that we may rejoice. You died that we may live forever. Lord help me to learn from you and to become like you.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
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