Matthew 27:3-10 A Change of Mind

I have betrayed innocent blood

I have betrayed innocent blood

We are going to look away from Jesus’ trial today and focus on the one who turned Him over to His accusers. We will look at Judas and what happened to him after Jesus was taken into custody.

Judas’ name has become synonymous with betrayal since the night he kissed Jesus as a symbol for His arrest. He will forever be remembered for this act. We are going to focus on his next act. This act can be taken either of two ways. It could be an act of contrition or an act of distancing. Read more »

Matthew 27:1-2 & 11-14 Jesus Trial Before Pilate

Are You the King of the Jews?

Are You the King of the Jews?

We join Jesus today in our reading as He is brought before Pilate, after His “trial” before the High Priest and Sanhedrin. Matthew breaks up the narrative of this portion of Jesus’ “trials” by placing the story of Judas in the middle of it. We will look at what became of Judas tomorrow and take both sides of Jesus’ Pilate sandwich today. We will not finish with Pilate’s involvement with Jesus, just Pilate’s examination of Him.

At the palace of Caiaphas the rooster has just crowed. This simple ordinary every day event held significance for many this day. The first is the sign that Peter was promised. The sound brought Peter up short when he heard it because Jesus had told him that he would deny Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. The second is the end of trial part 1. Read more »

Matthew 26:69-75 “I Don’t Know This Man”

Before the cock crows

Before the cock crows

We are joining Peter in the courtyard of Caiaphas’ home today. Peter started off the night swearing his allegiance to Jesus, demonstrated that allegiance by lopping off the High Priest’s servant’s ear, then fled into the night after Jesus told him to put his sword away. After Jesus was bound and led away, Peter circled back and followed Jesus as He was taken to Caiaphas’ home. Peter was snuck in the door by John and is now hanging around with the guards who brought Jesus here. Peter is here for one reason; to find out what will happen to Jesus. Tonight, though, Peter is about to face his greatest fall. Read more »

Matthew 26:57-68 Jesus’ First Trial

Prophesy Christ, who hit You?

Prophesy Christ, who hit You?

We have just left the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was arrested. He was identified for arrest by a kiss from His betrayer; Judas Iscariot. Now He is being led, bound and at knifepoint, to the home of Caiaphas, the High Priest at the time. Jesus is about to begin His chain of trials. He will move from one link to another in this “puppet theatre” on His way to the cross.

Matthew tells us Jesus was brought from the garden to the palace of Caiaphas. John has Him standing before Annas prior to Caiaphas’ interrogation. Read more »

Matthew 26:47-56 The Kiss of Death

Betrayed with a kiss

Betrayed with a kiss

Jesus has just woken Peter, James and John for the last time following His prayer time with God. They are in Jesus’ favorite garden spot. One well known to all of His disciples. The one place Judas knew He would visit after the meal. As Jesus is still speaking to His three closest disciples, Judas and his group arrive. This is where we join our story today.

Peter is startled awake at Jesus’ voice. Peter didn’t intend to fall asleep, again. He just couldn’t keep his eyes open. He looks over at James and John to see them emerging from sleep too. At least he wasn’t alone in his disgraceful behavior. Jesus had asked them twice to watch and pray while He spent time in prayer alone. Peter was ashamed to be found sleeping by Jesus, again. Read more »