The Weekend Word
Jesus Delivered to Pilate
1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
- They have Jesus in custody and now must figure out what to do.
2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
- They built their case but they have no court authority.
Judas Hangs Himself
3 Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,
- So did Judas just change his mind, as if he did not want to be a part of this any longer – or do we see repentance?
4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”
- Confession? Judas was sorry for what he had done
- But the authorities would not absolve him of his guilt – they would not counsel him to mental and spiritual health.
- They told him to scram and handle it himself.
5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.
- This is what ‘do it yourself’ religion leads to – despair and dying without Jesus.
- You can die on your own or Jesus dies for you.
6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.”
- Note that the chiefs know what it is and what they have done – blood money!
- But the blood saves and they were just tools in God’s tool box.
7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers.
- So they gave it to charity – probably what we see in the movies – similar to Mafia money going to churches and charities.
8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
- To this day – which day? 40 yrs later?
9 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel,
- Again, this whole exchange was a part of God’s plan – designated many years before.
10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
- Jesus predicted numerous times he would be betrayed, that the people would deliver him to the gentiles and that he would be mocked, flogged and crucified (Matt20) – and now as we read in 27 it is being fulfilled.
- Another – As Jesus predicted in Matt 17 the Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men (plural).
- This includes Jew, Disciple and Gentiles – representing the entire world. All are guilty of this death.
- The remorse of Judas and the return of the money cannot clear Judas of the guilt. His end is a terrifying prediction of all who profane the blood of the Son of God (Heb 10:29)
- So the men of Israel cannot evade responsibility by delivering Jesus over to Pilate.
- Peter’s denial is a handing over – Judas’ betrayal is a handing over – the Jews here, this is a literal handing over — just as Jesus predicted – we too cannot escape.
Jesus Before Pilate
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.”
- This is like saying “You said it buddy and make no mistake about it.”
- People continually make the claim that Jesus never claimed to be God – but this is the 1st century Middle Eastern way of doing so.
12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.
- Jesus will not try to justify himself before this group – he is the lamb to be led to slaughter.
- This is what it means to be the king of the Jews, to be the Son of David, the promised One to reign.
- How will Jesus reign over this everlasting kingdom? In a bloody death.
13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?”
- Pilate tries to cajole Jesus to defend himself.
14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
- His mouth is silent – Jesus is doing this for us. He is doing this in our place.
- We would open our mouth to justify ourselves and we would sin.
- Jesus takes our place and remains silent – he will not escape the wrath of God (Isaiah 53:7)