Oct 072017

Matthew 27:1-14

Jesus Delivered to Pilate

1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

  • They have Jesus in custody and now must figure out what to do.

And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.

  • They built their case but they have no court authority.

Judas Hangs Himself

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,

  • So did Judas just change his mind, as if he did not want to be a part of this any longer – or do we see repentance?

saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”

  • Confession? Judas was sorry for what he had done
  • But the authorities would not absolve him of his guilt – they would not counsel him to mental and spiritual health.
  • They told him to scram and handle it himself.

And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.

  • This is what ‘do it yourself’ religion leads to – despair and dying without Jesus.
  • You can die on your own or Jesus dies for you.

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.”

  • Note that the chiefs know what it is and what they have done – blood money!
  • But the blood saves and they were just tools in God’s tool box.

So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers.

  • So they gave it to charity – probably what we see in the movies – similar to Mafia money going to churches and charities.

Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.

  • To this day – which day? 40 yrs later?

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,

  • Again, this whole exchange was a part of God’s plan – designated many years before.

10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”

A summary

  • Jesus predicted numerous times he would be betrayed, that the people would deliver him to the gentiles and that he would be mocked, flogged and crucified (Matt20) – and now as we read in 27 it is being fulfilled.
  • Another – As Jesus predicted in Matt 17 the Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men (plural).
  • This includes Jew, Disciple and Gentiles – representing the entire world. All are guilty of this death.
  • The remorse of Judas and the return of the money cannot clear Judas of the guilt. His end is a terrifying prediction of all who profane the blood of the Son of God (Heb 10:29)
  • So the men of Israel cannot evade responsibility by delivering Jesus over to Pilate.
  • Peter’s denial is a handing over – Judas’ betrayal is a handing over – the Jews here, this is a literal handing over — just as Jesus predicted – we too cannot escape.

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.”

  • This is like saying “You said it buddy and make no mistake about it.”
  • People continually make the claim that Jesus never claimed to be God – but this is the 1st century Middle Eastern way of doing so.

12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.

  • Jesus will not try to justify himself before this group – he is the lamb to be led to slaughter.
  • This is what it means to be the king of the Jews, to be the Son of David, the promised One to reign.
  • How will Jesus reign over this everlasting kingdom? In a bloody death.

13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?”

  • Pilate tries to cajole Jesus to defend himself.

14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

  • His mouth is silent – Jesus is doing this for us. He is doing this in our place.
  • We would open our mouth to justify ourselves and we would sin.
  • Jesus takes our place and remains silent – he will not escape the wrath of God (Isaiah 53:7)


  31 Responses to “The Weekend Word”

  1. Like many who “have Jesus” the elders and chief priests don’t realize that they have a tiger by the tail.

  2. “Confession?” – Yes I believe so. Amazing Grace

  3. “How will Jesus reign over this everlasting kingdom? In a bloody death.”
    How do we act as His representatives on this earth…the same way.

    Our death to self may not be graphically violent, but it is still the way a Christian conquers.

  4. “Our death to self may not be graphically violent, but it is still the way a Christian conquers.”

    Lord help us die to ourselves, despite confusion, doubts, fears, reminders of past sins and struggles with present sins, help us to remember to have the faith of the Centurian and rest in your forgiveness.

  5. I don’t think that Judas ever recognized Jesus as God… Judas had seen manifestations of Jesus’ power and Judas was tired of waiting for Jesus to make His move – to take over…
    His declaration of having betrayed innocent blood is intriguing … Was Judas just ambitious? Was he unable to accept his miscalculation? Was his remorse directed at his sinful act or was it directed at the colossal failure of his scheming?
    Granted, I am extrapolating like crazy, but the idea that Judas was just tired of following a celebrity preacher and decided to get him killed? It just doesn’t add up for me. … dunno, tho do I ? 😕

  6. John the Baptist declared that he must decrease, but Jesus must increase…
    It isn’t a perfect application of John’s words, I know… but I think that is how we grow in Christ… “Confess (our sin) and move on” is a phrase that I’ve grown to love… we need to make Christ our focus – IMV – because IF we focus too much on our own shortcomings and disappointments, we won’t be able to concentrate on the One Celebrity of the Universe and grow more like Him – more focused on this plan of God, that we’ve been blessed to enter into…

    Just pondering … again … 😯

  7. I find it funny that for the past several weeks I have been trying to make the point that Jesus is doing everything involved in his passion alone. Whatever the prophecies said must come to pass – Jesus makes them come to pass. That whatever he told disciples they would go through, we watch Jesus go through it first alone.

    But if we look at the comments, it seems that we all want to change the narrative from what Jesus is doing to what we should be doing. This is the great confusion between the law and the gospel – not being able to sit and rest in the “done” of Jesus.

  8. Well, MLD, keep repeating… The difficult part is “rest” – life and our old sin nature (whatever label, one choses for it) just isn’t very restful… It is difficult to focus on the cross, the finished work accomplished there, as day to day life isn’t very restful…

  9. There are multiple narratives here, just as there are multiple aspects to the atonement.
    One of the more neglected aspects is that Jesus set examples for us to follow in this life.
    This is where the strict law/Gospel rubric breaks down…we are commanded to do while recognizing that Jesus has also already done.

    It’s another tension we learn to live with.

  10. Michael, sometimes I think we can lose truth in trying to hang onto our theological interpretations…
    We cannot do anything to justify one’s self before God… but attempting to honor Him after believing and accepting what God accomplished at the crucifixion seems a given – attempting to follow Chris’s example in our daily conduct – emphasis on attempt – seems to me to be a no brainer… dunno. …?…

  11. Em,
    There are no air tight hermeneutics or systematic theologies, just air tight people who hold to them… 🙂

  12. It may just be me. I don’t see the Christian to do list in the passion narratives at all. I do see Jesus pretty much telling the disciples “hold my beer and watch what I can do.” 🙂

  13. There is more to the Scriptures than the passion narrative…

  14. #13 Michael

    “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’ “

  15. Duane…exactly.

  16. “There is more to the Scriptures than the passion narrative…”

    Wait a minute – we are discussing this passage which is part of the greater passion narrative.
    My point is that people get very agitated when you speak of and advise folks to rest for a moment in the finished work of Jesus before saying “enough about Jesus – look what I can do.”

    If you guys are comfortable slipping law into a gospel passage, go right ahead – but as I said above that is a major confusion.

  17. MLD,

    Jesus told us to pick up our crosses and follow Him, then showed us how . I don’t care about the category…

  18. The Bible speaks of creation also – and it is all true, but it doesn’t apply to this passage either.

    I would love to hear your Easter message.

  19. Two observations here:

    “Our death to self may not be graphically violent, but it is still the way a Christian conquers.”

    I don’t know what you mean by “conquers”. The death to self is the work of God the Holy Spirit hammering on the old man through the Word. The Christian is passive in God’s alien work of mortifying the old man. Theologians refer to this as monergism.

    “This is where the strict law/Gospel rubric breaks down…we are commanded to do while recognizing that Jesus has also already done.”

    The Law/Gospel hermeneutic does not break down. Lutherans believe that Jesus is an example. We believe that renewal by the Holy Spirit renews the will of the Christian to be in harmony with the will of God. Jesus as an example functions as a guide in what good works God has for us. But clearly Jesus as an example is not part of atonement. How do we know this? We know this because Jesus is only an example for disciples (i.e., those who are justified by faith). Therefore, Jesus as an example cannot be an element of atonement.

    What Rome and Calvinists have a problem with is that the word “ought” or “must” does not mean “can.” The only command that Christians are required to do is believe in Christ, and even the fulfillment of that command is the work of God. We must insist that before God, nothing can be added to faith.

    We must have faith that the Spirit will rule our wills to the honor of his name, but must never add that to the article of justification.


  20. I get it…words don’t really mean what they mean in every other context. One of the big reasons I no longer identify with strict Reformed theology.

  21. Michael,

    First, let me say, hello; peace be with you.

    Words mean what they say. Did you notice that Peter tried to do what Jesus said. If the Rock couldn’t, by his own strength, can you or I?

    The massive commands of Jesus mean and do what they say: They destroy our holiness; they damn us; they crucify us. Only by killing our self-righteousness can Jesus raise a new man and send the Holy Spirit into our heart to renew us.

    The problem of the human being is not wanting to be a creature, but wanting to be like God. Jesus say “no”! He likes us as creatures; he wants us to be image bearers. But not gods.

  22. Jean’s explanation was a little hard for me to follow, but I kept thinking as I read #19 of an observation from my childhood – I went clear thru school with the same kids… I realized early on that some people are just naturally pleasanter, more virtuous than others…
    I don’t think our “rest” is dependent on our performance – don’t think anyone here does – but if one is judging their walk with the Lord by how nice they are, they’ve missed the point of our spiritual growth – the renewing of our mind is the goal and is – I think Jean mentioned it – our growth is very tied in to the study of the Word… dunno … again

  23. Jean,

    Good afternoon.
    I fully understand the Lutheran position.
    I just don’t accept it.
    The fact that I continually fail at being a good parent, pastor, person doesn’t remove my responsibility to try.
    It’s not a question of salvation, but obedience in light of being saved.
    I must go on now… church is about to start and I must flog them with the law. 🙂

  24. Michael,

    I hope you have a blessed service.

    When you get back, consider this:

    “The fact that I continually fail at being a good parent, pastor, person doesn’t remove my responsibility to try.”

    You know what being a good parent, pastor and person looks like because of God’s Word.

    You want and trie to be good… because you have the Spirit dwelling in you.

    You know when you fail, because God’s Word shows you your sin.

    You repent of your failure and your Father forgives you for the sake of His Son.

    Your conscience is clean, because your sins are forgiven.


    The Christian life.

  25. I keep looking for the secret decoder ring that says plainly spoken words mean one thing here and another there… Until I buy my next cereal box, I think I’ll stick with what Jesus says.. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

  26. “Take up his cross…” those are words to ponder… It isn’t the timber of His physical crucifixion …
    To what extent do the words: ” not my will, but Thine be done” define iit? accepting burdens, avoiding self promotion… etc… ? We do need to be prudent, responsible… even while, like Michael observes #23 – we will always fall short… ? …

  27. Well, since words mean what they say – Duane, will you post a photo of you with your wooden cross Arthur Blessit style?

    But you miss the point. This passage of scripture is so jam packed with Jesus being Jesus and doing the things that only Jesus can do – and not a peep of amazing grace comments. No, we are so familiar that we blow by it to get to the familiar evangelical talking points – which are always about the Christian and not about the Christ.

  28. “…always about the Christian and not about the Christ” if those are the familiar evangelical talking points, then we need some better teachers – maybe, better said, we need to look for better teachers as, I suspect, those teachers are out there even now

  29. Em, do you remember Arthur Blessitt? I used to love that guy.

  30. Was he the fella that traveled around the country dragging a very large wooden cross? If it was a conversation starter, maybe we more Arthurr Bs out there today – course I doubt that he had blood streaming down his face from thorrn punctures or a back that was shredded from a whip…
    It is scary to think how much hatred and contempt God submitted to in order to accomplish the payment in full of man’s sin debt to God… Equally scary to realize what man is capable of to gain or hold onto power
    The wisdom of the crowd… 😕

  31. Em, yes that’s him. I always thought of him as one of the good guys – but haven’t thought much of him for years.Had to check out if he was even still alive.

    I grabbed his book off my shelf last night and thumbed through it in bed.

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