February 10, Reading 3 – Matthew 27:1-26

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SAA Notes

Judas testifies to this fact: Jesus was innocent! The shepherds of Israel reveal themselves to be evil shepherds, indifferent to the welfare of the flock and to each member. (Ezekiel 34) Pilate’s political expediency is shown in its true colours.

SJA Notes

* Father in Heaven, thank You that You came to earth and lived amongst us, Your Word become Flesh. Please remind us of what You did then from Your word today.

“And all the people answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children.'”

This is such a gut-wrenching passage in many ways, and the verse above is terrifying in its scope.

We see mob mentality, group-think, in full swing.

Pilate tried (weakly albeit) to be a dissenting voice.

The crowd yelled louder.

Crucify Him!

Even at a very important question (What evil has He done?), they refused to think and instead shouted the same message louder.

Crucify Him!

This grouping of people, instigators and participators alike, they murdered the spotless and perfect Lamb of God.

They crucified God in the Person of the Son, the Prince of Peace, Immanuel – God With Us.

They killed Him!

And they opened up full vent without a care for the shedding of His blood, either for them or their children.

And this is what is terrifying.

To place the blood of the Creator God on the responsibility-shoulders on their own children.

As if it were a light thing.

As then so now.

We do the same. We perhaps thank we wouldn’t be a part of a mob such as killed Jesus.

But the message of God’s word is that we would, we are fallen man and our hearts are deceitful above all things.

Yet.

God’s word also tells us that we _were_ a part of the mob.

Not because we were present in that crowd of people.

But because of God’s great mercy to us.

Jesus went to the cross BECAUSE OF and FOR us.

In 1 Peter 2 we read,

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

The good news for the children of that mob so long ago, and even for any who participated themselves, and for us today! – Is that God the Son gave Himself up as a sacrifice for many, for the forgiveness of sins.

Through His blood shed on the tree.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Thank You for Jesus, through whom we are saved!

Amen.

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