- Judas regrets his betrayal of Jesus and tries to return the money he was paid. He knows Jesus is innocent. The leaders would not take the money, so Judas threw it into the temple. He left and hanged himself. The leaders bought a field with the money, which fulfilled a prophecy.
- Pilate asks Jesus if he is the king of the Jews and Jesus says that it is true. He didn’t answer when the leaders accused him. This amazed Pilate. As his custom during the festival, Pilate asks the crowd who he should release, Jesus or a known criminal, Barabbas.
- Pilate is interrupted by a message from his wife not to have anything to do with “that innocent man” because of a dream she had.
- The Jewish leaders convince the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and demand that Jesus be crucified. Pilate claims he is innocent of Jesus’s blood and sends him to be flogged and crucified.
- Jesus is mocked by the soldiers for being the king of the Jews. They spit on him and hit him in the head.
- Simon of Cyrene carries the cross for Jesus. After crucifying Jesus, the soldiers divided his clothes by casting lots.
- Jesus was mocked by the people passing by, the leaders and those crucified with him.
- The land was dark from noon until 3 p.m.
- About 3 p.m. Jesus cries out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Some think he is calling Elijah, give him vinegar to drink and wait to see if Elijah would save him. Jesus cried out and died.
- When he died the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom, the earth shook, rocks split and tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people were raised back to life and appeared to many people. The centurion was terrified and claimed the Jesus was the Son of God.
- Mary Magdalene and other women watched from a distance.
- Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for Jesus’s body. He took it, wrapped it in a clean cloth and placed it in his tomb. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance.
- Mary Magdalene and other Mary were sitting opposite the tomb.
- The next day the Jewish leaders asked Pilate to place a guard on the tomb for three days because Jesus claimed he would rise in three days. Pilate agreed and the guards secured the tomb.
I’m curious about some of the details Matthew decided to give us. Pilate’s wife had a dream about Jesus. While on the cross Jesus did not drink wine mixed with gall, but he did drink wine vinegar. The centurion declares that he is the Son of God. The women were observing all that happened to Jesus. When things were going bad, the women wanted to be with Jesus. Not because he makes things better, he certainly was not making things better for them while he was dying on the cross. They just wanted to be with him.
It’s different for us because we know that Jesus rose from the dead and is always with those who believe and follow him. They loved him enough to be near him when he was executed without knowing what was to come. Where do I go when things go bad? Do I want to be left alone? Do I want to be with others? Do I turn to Jesus as my first reaction or my last reaction?
Lord, when things go bad in my life or bad in the world, help me to turn to you as my first reaction. Help me to draw comfort from you. Comfort only you can provide. Help me to strengthen and comfort others when things go bad for them.
Posted on Thu, September 24, 2015
by Brian Landers