(Matthew 27) – The Death of Jesus
Once Judas realizes what his actions have produced, he feels great sorrow, and upon returning the 30 pieces of silver, he takes his own life.
Some have speculated that Judas’ betrayal was really an attempt to force Jesus into asserting Himself as the conquering King. The thought is that Judas really wanted Jesus to rise up and take over the Romans and usher in the promised Jewish Kingdom.
If that was the case, he still would’ve been attempting to play God and manipulate circumstances instead of walking by faith and trusting God’s plan. Either way, not good.
Over the course of Jesus’ trials (6 total – 3 Jewish, 3 Roman), we see that he chooses not to answer those who were accusing him. Why? Especially since He knew that they were wrong in their accusations, why not speak against it?
One reason is to fulfill prophecy. Isaiah 53:7 – “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.”
Jesus did in fact say some things, so this prophetic scripture doesn’t mean to say that he would never speak.
It points to the fact that he wouldn’t speak out against those who were oppressing him. He would quietly and humbly submit Himself to the Father’s will, even if that meant mistreatment by sinful people.
Another reason why I think He didn’t respond to their accusations is that they already knew the truth. The people who were questioning Him (particularly the Jews) were very familiar with Jesus already.
I think that’s why you see Jesus responding the most to Pontius Pilate, because he was the most unfamiliar with who He was. Pilate’s questions were also inquisitive, not accusatory.
The Jewish leaders thought that crucifying Jesus would get rid of His movement, when in reality it only fulfilled God’s eternal plan and progressed the cause of the Gospel.
You can’t outsmart God. (1 Corinthians 2:7-8)
Jesus’ crucifixion was brutal, relentless, and merciless. I believe He experienced the most amount of pain a human could experience in death at that time. It was miraculous that He stayed alive as long as He did.
When people saw the events unfolding at the moment of His death, they knew that He was the Son of God.
Side note, some people rose from the dead at this moment too (v.52-53)! We should talk about that more…
All the way until the very end of Matthew’s account, we see the religious leaders being afraid for their social status and agenda. Nothing Jesus did would sway them, their hearts were too hard.
I pray that my life is characterized more by humble submission and worship (like the Roman centurion) rather than hard-hearted rejection (like the Pharisees).