Vs. 1, “Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death.” And so it has come to pass. All of creation waited for years for the Messiah to come and now we have sentenced him to death. Matthew gives us some details to events that surrounded that fateful long day. Thankfully, we are not given the atrocious details on the actual crucifixion…though historians and movies have given us an idea. Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin and Judas the betrayer would hang himself (note: it’s important to see Judas still could have had a chance to turn to Jesus but did not). Pilate could have done something too, but he was too afraid.
Regarding application…Jesus Crucified. Vs. 31, “…Then they led him away to crucify him.” The movie by Mel Gibson “Passion of the Christ” is now 6 years old. But I can remember like it was yesterday that I’ve seen it. I have not seen this movies since then and don’t know if I could ever watch it again. I have tried but could not bring myself to viewing it. Perhaps that is why the Bible doesn’t expound upon all the pain both physically and spiritually that Jesus endured. It’s overwhelming and I cried a bucket of tears as I was brought front and center to understanding a bit more on this fateful day. Ask Mary or John if they would like to witness that day again. Praise God that Jesus endured the cross and its shame so that we would not have to. Let us take this precious news and display it for the world to see in our words and actions. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14