Matthew 27 – New Testament in a Year
I’m in Thailand, speaking at a conference, so these posts are short!
Judas feels remorse for betraying Jesus. Remorse was not conviction leading to repentance and restoration. Here it is worldly sorrow, about which nothing can be done, so the shame of what he did led to his suicide.
Jesus is brought before Pilate – the crowd shout “Crucify Him!”. Then interestingly “Let his blood be on us and our children” What they meant in harm, actually is the source of our forgiveness and confident and bold access to the Father.
On the cross Jesus cries out “My God, My God why have you forsaken me” – up to then, Jesus prayers have been more intimate – Father. Now as our sin is upon him and Jesus becomes a curse for us, the intimacy is gone for that moment as he becomes sin for us.
Once Jesus has died, Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple to this point is bold enough to come and bury him in his own tomb.