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Matthew Chapter 27

Memory verses for this week:  Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Introduction: In the last half of Chapter 26, we studied Jesus instituting  the Lord’s Supper there in the upper room with the disciples.   At the end of the chapter, we saw Christ taken at night and  brought before the High Priest and being tried in a trial of  mockery.    Peter denied the Lord three times after saying that he would never deny Christ.   We ended the chapter with the cock crowing and the words  of  Jesus coming back to Peter.  He went out and wept bitterly.


I.    The Sanhedrin Deliver Jesus to Pilate

Mat 27:1  When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

Mat 27:2  And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

The chief priests and elders take counsel together to try and put Jesus to death.   They bring  Him to Pilate who was the governor at the time. 

II.  Judas Commits Suicide and is Buried in the Potter’s Field

Mat 27:3  Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Mat 27:4  Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

Mat 27:5  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

We know Judas was a lost man, but even if you know the Lord as Savior, sin has a price.  When you commit  sin there is regret, and Judas realizes how wrong he had been in doing what he had in betraying Christ.   He had no rest  for what he has done.   He goes back and casts the silver back to the Chief Priest  and elders there in the temple.  He sought sympathy, but they could care less about Judas.  They got what they wanted, and that was Christ arrested.   Notice how that money can entice us to do things, but it never satisfies.  Some of the people I know who are very unhappy in life are those with lots of money.  Only Jesus brings peace and total satisfaction, and it does not take one penny to come to Christ for salvation.   It is a free gift to all who will come, repent of their sins, and ask Jesus to come into their  heart.

Mat 27:6  And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

Mat 27:7  And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.

Mat 27:8  Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

Mat 27:9  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

Mat 27:10  And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.

Judas commits suicide by hanging himself, and the chief priests decide it is not lawful for them to take back the  money since it had the price of blood on it.   So they decide to buy the potter’s field to use for burying strangers.  They thought  this was wise use of the money, but what they didn’t realize was that in doing so, they fulfilled a prophecy from the Old Testament  by Jeremiah.

Jer 18:1  The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jer 18:2  Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Jer 18:3  Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.


Zec 11:12  And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Zec 11:13  And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

J. Vernon McGee said this about the potters field.

You will find this prophecy alluded to in Jeremiah 18:1–4 and evidently quoted from Zechariah 11:12–13. It is credited to Jeremiah simply because in Jesus’ day Jeremiah was the first of the books of the prophets, and that section was identified by the name of the first book.    The significant thing is that Jesus was present when Judas returned with his thirty pieces of silver. In fact, Jesus was on His way to die—even for Judas. Our Lord had given him an opportunity to come back to Him there in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He had said, “Friend, wherefore art thou come?” And even at this eleventh hour, Judas could have turned to the Lord Jesus and would have been forgiven.  [i]


III.  Jesus is Interrogated by Pilate

Mat 27:11  And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

Mat 27:12  And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

Mat 27:13  Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

Mat 27:14  And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

Jesus was brought before Pilate, and they begin asking him questions.   When asked if he was the King of the Jews, Christ simply states ‘Thou sayest.”   The chief priests and elders accuse him before the governor , and he spoke not a word in his defense.    This silence caused Pilate to marvel.  It was not because he was guilty.   It was because he was willingly going to the cross.   The JUST dying for the unjust.   For this hour and the upcoming hours on the cross was Jesus born.

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isa 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Isa 53:9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

IV.  Barabbas Released, Rather than Christ

Mat 27:15  Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

Mat 27:16  And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

Mat 27:17  Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

Mat 27:18  For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

I think Pilate clearly knew that Jesus was innocent.   And he comes up with a plan that will allow him to keep face and still free Jesus.   It was a common practice during the passover   season for the governor to release a favorite or notorious prisoner.   This way, Pilate could free Christ and yet not  offend the Jews.   He was pretty sure that they would not want a murderer like Barabbas to be released.  Pilate was wise in knowing that it was due to envy that they had delivered Christ unto him.

Mat 27:19  When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

Pilate’s wife comes and tells him to have nothing to do with Christ due to a dream she had.  She knew Jesus was a good and just man, and asked Pilate to show him mercy.   We need to put our confidence in the Word of God, not rely on dreams.    Some good may come from dreams, but in this day, God speaks to his people by Christ and though the  Word of God.

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.


John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.


Mat 27:20  But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Mat 27:21  The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

Mat 27:22  Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

Behind the scenes, the chief priests and elders were busy encouraging the multitude to ask for the release of Barabbas.  These may have been the religious leaders of the day, but they were FAR from being in God’s Will and doing the things God would have desired.   We all must be careful that we don’t fall into the trap of playing church rather than serving God.   Only by a pure heart can we worship the Lord the way that God would desire.  

After this, Pilate asks a very important question.   “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called the Christ?”    That day, Christ’s life held in the balance of the decision.   One day, our eternal destination will hinge on our answer of what we did with Jesus.  If we don’t come to know him in this life, we stand before God unprepared and face eternal damnation.   All one day will confess that Jesus is Lord… the true son of God.   When we decide makes all the difference.

Mat 27:23  And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

The crowd calls out for Christ to be crucified.  Pilate is beside himself and asks “What evil hath he done?”   There was a reason Pilate could find no evil in Jesus.  There was none.  He is the one and only man who ever lived that never sinned.   You and I will strive against sin every day while we remain alive.   Jesus not only strove against it, but rose above it.   None of us will reach perfection in the flesh, but by Christ’s blood we can stand justified before God one day.

1 John 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


Phil 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Phil 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Phil 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Phil 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Mat 27:24  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Mat 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Pilate makes a noble gesture in washing his hands before the multitude, so as to say he had nothing to do with Jesus’ crucifixation.    But washing your hands before you do evil does not make you clean.  One day Pilate will stand before God and give an account of his part in the trial and ultimate death of Christ.   The Jews are fired up to see him killed, and they say ‘His blood be on us, and on our children.’   However, soon after this, they have a different position when accused of putting Christ to death.  In reality, all of us, every man and woman who has ever lived put Jesus on that cross.  Our sins were being paid there on Calvary.

Acts 5:28  Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

Acts 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Acts 5:30  The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

Acts 5:31  Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 5:32  And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Mat 27:26  Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

So Pilate goes along with the demands of the crowd, and he frees Barabbas and condemns Christ to be crucified.   Most of the time, whatever the crowd is doing is never right.  If you try to live by the prevailing standards of the day, you will never know what to do or how to act.   The standards change every day, and they are so bad that following them would most assuredly lead you to a premature death.   The only true freedom that can be found is found in Jesus Christ.

John 8:34  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

John 8:35  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Matthew Henry said this  about the decision of Pilate.

Jesus was scourged; this was an ignominious cruel punishment, especially as is was inflicted by the Romans, who were not under the moderation of the Jewish law, which forbade scourgings, above forty stripes; this punishment was most unreasonably inflicted on one that was sentenced to die: the rods were not to introduce the axes, but to supersede them. Thus the scripture was fulfilled, The ploughers ploughed upon my back (Ps. 129:3), I gave my back to the smiters (Isa. 50:6), and, By his stripes we are healed, Isa. 53:5. He was chastised with whips, that we might not be for ever chastised with scorpions.

He was then delivered to be crucified; though his chastisement was in order to our peace, yet there is no peace made but by the blood of his cross (Col. 1:20); therefore the scourging is not enough, he must be crucified; a kind of death used only among the Romans; the manner of it is such, that it seems to be the result of wit and cruelty in combination, each putting forth itself to the utmost, to make death in the highest degree terrible and miserable. A cross was set up in the ground, to which the hands and feet were nailed, on which nails the weight of the body hung, till it died of the pain. This was the death to which Christ was condemned, that he might answer the type of the brazen serpent lifted up upon a pole. It was a bloody death, a painful, shameful, cursed death; it was so miserable a death, that merciful princes appointed those who were condemned to it by the law, to be strangled first, and then nailed to the cross.  [ii]

Jesus was not mercifully crucified… he was alive for hours there on the cross of Calvary.

V. The Mocking of Christ

Mat 27:27  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

Mat 27:28  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

Mat 27:29  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

Mat 27:30  And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

Mat 27:31  And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

Oh what Christ suffered for you and me.   They played a game with his life.  They put a crown of thorns on  his head and mocked him, “Hail, King of the Jews.”  He was beaten, spit upon, and smote by the reed.   Here was the prince of heaven being belittled and condemned as the soldiers looked on.

Mat 27:32  And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Mat 27:33  And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

Mat 27:34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

Simon, a man of Cyrene, was compelled to carry the cross.  Jesus was so beaten that there was no way he could carry the cross up that hill to the place of the skull.   Our pastor has been there, and he says on that hill side you can see those eyes etched into the rock and the nose and mouth of a man.   It was a place of death, and Christ goes there willingly, knowing the balance of mankind is in His ability to endure to the end.   The come up with a crude anesthetic to lesson the pain.  Jesus would not partake of the vinegar mingled with gall.

Mat 27:35  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Mat 27:36  And sitting down they watched him there;

Mat 27:37  And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

All of this was not a surprise to Christ.   The Old Testament had prophesied of how he would be crucified, and that they would part his garments and cast lots for them.   It says  many sat down and watched him.   What do you suppose they were expecting?   If some there knew Him as Lord and Savior, perhaps they expected God to come and save Jesus from this hour.  But it was for this hour that He came into the world.   The accusation written above him read “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.”

Mat 2:1  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Mat 2:2  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Jesus was truly the King of the Jews.  Oh how he loved them, and would have taken them unto Him had they accepted him as Lord.

John 19:19  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

John 19:20  This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

John 19:21  Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

John 19:22  Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

Mat 27:38  Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

Mat 27:39  And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

Mat 27:40  And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

Mat 27:41  Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

Mat 27:42  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

Mat 27:43  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

Mat 27:44  The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

What a horrible death.. hanging between two thieves who deserved their sentence.  But Jesus had done nothing amiss.   The people cry out and make fun of Jesus.  They say that if he truly was the Son of God, then he should come down from the cross.   It was a cruel scene as the chief priests mocked him as did the scribes and elders of the people.   They claim that he saved others, but he could not save himself.   He trusted in God, let God deliver him now.   Even the thieves lash out with their tongues against the one who was willingly dying in their place.   Eventually, one of the thieves came to his senses and was saved later.

Mat 27:45  Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Mat 27:47  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

Mat 27:48  And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

Mat 27:49  The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

Mat 27:50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

It says that there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  Jesus was placed on the cross at the third hour of the day which would have made it 9 a.m.   The Jewish day began at around 6pm, but this speaks of the third hour during the daylight hours.  From the sixth hour (12:00 noon) until the night hour (3  p.m.), there was darkness over all the land.  This was a saddest day since the creation of the world.  What was the mob thinking now as this darkness gripped the land?   Around the ninth hour, Christ cried out to the Father and gave up the ghost.   Some are looking to see if Elijah was going to come and save Christ.   The words Jesus cried were “Why hast thou forsaken me?”  I believe for a short period of time, when all the sin of the world was placed upon Christ, God could not look upon it.  God is righteous, and can not look upon sin.   He turned his back on Christ in that moment.   We know that David said that God NEVER forsakes the righteous as recorded in Psalms 37:25.

Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Jesus yielded up the ghost, and at that moment, it was finished.   He died for you and I that we might live and have eternal life.  There was one more promise that he would fulfill in three days when he would come out of the tomb as he had promised.  But the debt of our sins was paid there by his blood which was shed on Mt. Calvary.

Mat 27:51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Mat 27:52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

Mat 27:53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Mat 27:54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Was there anything that happened that was special when Christ died there on Golgotha that day?   Yes, there were many things.  For one thing, there was an earthquake and the rocks rent and the graves were opened and many of the saints of old arose.  They were saw in the Holy city after Christ was resurrected.   The centurion soldier, after seeing all that happened, declares that “Truly this was the Son of God.”  Truer words were never spoken.   And at this time, a very important thing happened.  In the temple, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  This veil separated the inner chamber from the inner most place called the Holiest of Holies.  It was the chamber where only once per year the High Priest brought the offering of blood for the sins of the people.   This was a very thick curtain, over 3” in thickness.  It could not have been torn apart except by a great amount of strength.  This tearing down of the veil signified that we no longer have to look to a human priest to take blood to an altar for us, but we can now come boldly to the throne of grace.  We now have a GREAT High Priest seated at the right hand of God, and he is ever there making intercession for us.

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Heb 2:18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.


Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;

Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Mat 27:55  And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

Mat 27:56  Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

So many gathered there to witness the death of Christ.   Some of those standing afar off were those that loved Christ, Mary Magdalene and Christ’s mother  Mary, and the Mother of James and John.

VI.  The Burial of Christ

Mat 27:57  When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

Mat 27:58  He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.

Mat 27:59  And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

Mat 27:60  And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

Mat 27:61  And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

This rich man from Arimathaea called Joseph who was a disciple of the Lord, comes and begs for the body of Jesus from Pilate.   Pilate tells them to  let him have the body, and he takes Jesus and wraps the body in a clean linen cloth and laid him in his own new tomb.   There was a great stone on the front of the grave, and they roll the stone in place closing the tomb.

VII.  The Sepulchre is Sealed and Guarded

Mat 27:62  Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

Mat 27:63  Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

Mat 27:64  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

Mat 27:65  Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

Mat 27:66  So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

The Chief Priests come to Pilate and say that Christ had said that after three days he would rise again.   They want guards placed at the grave to prevent the disciples coming and stealing the body away.   Pilate told them they could have the watch, so they sent guards to watch the grave and sealed the stone.   But no matter how many guards they were to send, they could never hold Jesus in the grave.  Just as he said, he would rise after three days and three nights.  Next week we discuss that great resurrection day.

J. Vernon McGee points out how setting this guard actually made Jesus Resurrection even more certain.

The zeal of the enemy actually gives a confirmation of Jesus’ resurrection! If they had gone off and left that tomb as it was, their later explanation for the tomb’s being empty might be plausible. But, my friend, when you’ve got a tomb that is sealed and a Roman guard around it watching it, their claim that the apostles stole away the body of Jesus sounds pretty silly. The enemies of Jesus went to a lot of trouble to make the sepulchre sure, and that fact furnishes a marvelous confirmation of His resurrection.

Another interesting point is that when our Lord had told His disciples that He would rise again the third day, they had told a great many people, and the religious rulers got word of it. As soon as they could get another audience with Pilate, they said, “Look, Jesus made the statement that He would rise again the third day, and we want to make sure His body stays in that tomb.” Of course, they did not believe He would be resurrected, but neither did the apostles believe that He would come out of that tomb alive.  [iii]


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[i]J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1981 by J. Vernon McGee.

[ii]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[iii]J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1981 by J. Vernon McGee.