My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Matthew 27

The forsaken Son

So Judas felt guilty and hanged himself.

Jesus was before Pilate. He declared himself king of the Jews, but was silent for the other charges. Pilate saw nothing wrong in Jesus, and had been warning against being mean to him by his wife who had had a dream. Pilate offered to release one of either Jesus or Barabbas. The people chose Jesus to die. So Pilate washed his hands of it, and let them do what they wanted, and Jesus was flogged then taken for crucifixion.

The soldiers dressed him up as a fake king with a crown of thorns.

So Jesus was crucified between two thieves with the sign "KING OF THE JEWS" attached to his cross. The mocked him, and made bets on who would get his clothes.

Jesus asked why God had forsaken him, then died. At that moment, the curtain in the temple was supernaturally ripped. There was an earthquake and many dead came back alive.

Jesus was put in a guarded tomb. It was guarded in case the disciples stole the body and declared him resurrected.

Key verse:
46. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

My thoughts:
Jesus spoke Aramaic, so this would be one of the few potential direct quotes of Jesus in the Bible.

It's interesting that Jesus himself doesn't even seem to fully understand why he must die in his moment of despair. So many things only really make sense once he is resurrected.

This passage contains the infamous passage where the Jews own the guilt of Jesus' death of them and their descendants. This has been wrongly used for the persecution of Jews. The point is that the people present were in no way shying away from the fact that they wanted Jesus dead.

One of the earliest accusations the early church faced was that they stole the body and declared Jesus alive. Matthew is obviously trying to counter that claim here.


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