Matthew 27:15-26 The Crowd Rules

I am innocent of this Man's blood

I am innocent of this Man’s blood

We are with Jesus again today as He finishes His time with Pilate. Jesus has answered none of the religious leader’s charges, except the one concerning Him being King of the Jews. Jesus’ attitude and behavior impressed Pilate. In our reading today we will see how hard Pilate tried to release Jesus.

Pilate was a Roman citizen and the Governor of this province. That is why the High Priest and the Sanhedrin brought Jesus to him. He had the power to carry out a sentence of death upon any prisoner. The Jewish religious leaders lacked that authority, as they were under Roman rule. Read more »

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 »