Apparently I forgot to add Matthew 26 Part 4
before adding Matthew 27 Part 1 -
so here it is.
It is called "Forgiveness."
It is true.
Jesus was arrested by God’s chosen people,
the Holy nation of Israel.
The scripture says,
“Those who had arrested Jesus
took him to Caiaphas the high priest,
where the teachers of the law
and the elders had assembled.
Peter followed him at a distance,
right up to the courtyard of the high priest.
He entered and sat down with the guards
to see the outcome.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin
were looking for false evidence against Jesus
so that they could put him to death.
But they did not find any,
though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward and declared,
“This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy
the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’
Then the high priest stood up
and said to Jesus,
“Are you not going to answer?
What is this testimony
that these men are bringing against you?”
But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him,
“I charge you under oath by the living God:
Tell us if you are the Messiah,
the Son of God.”
Can you imagine
what must have been going
through Jesus’s mind?
To hear a lost man,
filled with falsehood,
charge the Son of Man
under an oath by the living God?”
It would be like a three year old,
saying “This is mine"
to a parent who owns EVERYTHING!
Instead of arguing, Jesus said,
“You have said so.
But I say to all of you:
From now on you will see
the Son of Man sitting
at the right hand of the Mighty One
and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Jesus was offering himself
as the Lamb of God
but the next time they would see him,
he would be the Lion of Judah
coming to rule the New Jerusalem.
“Then the high priest tore his clothes
and said, “He has spoken blasphemy!
Why do we need any more witnesses?
Now that you have heard the blasphemy,
What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,”
Then they spit in his face
and struck him with their fists.
“Others slapped him and said,
“Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”
This is what the people of Satan do.
They mock God, and deny Christ.
They act like fools!
But that is not
the saddest thing that happened.
“Peter was sitting out in the courtyard,
when a servant girl came to him and said,
“You also were with Jesus of Galilee,”
But he denied it before them all
and said, “I don’t know
what you’re talking about.”
Then he went out to the gateway,
where another servant girl
saw him and said to the people there,
“This fellow was with Jesus
and He denied it again,
with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
After a little while, those standing there
went up to Peter and said,
“Surely you are one of them;
your accent gives you away.”
Then he began to call down curses,
and he swore to them,
“I don’t know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed.
Then Peter remembered
the word Jesus had spoken:
“Before the rooster crows,
you will disown me three times.”
And he went outside and wept bitterly.”
Let me ask you,
How many times have you denied Christ?
How many times have you walked away from Him?
How many times have we all wept bitterly?
Thank God Jesus came as the Lamb.
Thank God Jesus forgives us of our sin.