In Matthew’s Gospel he interrupts the trial narrative to highlight a conversation between the religious leaders and Judas (Matt 27:3-10). This passage often provokes the question, “Did Judas really repent?” But, from the beginning, a reader should note, this paragraph is not about Judas. It’s about the religious leaders.
I cannot blame people for focusing on Judas. Even the publishers of the NASB Bible title this section, “Judas’s Remorse.” But read through the discourse taking note of who Matthew highlights. Judas is the instigator in this conversation, but Matthew wants us to note the religious leaders’ responses.
Here is a basic outline:
Judas observes Jesus’s condemnation and returns the silver to the chief priest and elders.
Being a pastor is a high
calling, but a very strange job. And one
of the strangest things I do is to read bad books. Not bad in the sense that
they are poorly written, but bad in the sense that though they purport to be
Christian resources they are so deeply flawed they are not just non-edifying,
they are dangerous to the believers who read and are influenced by them. And I
just read a doozy, Girl, Wash Your Face
by Rachel Hollis (published by Thomas Nelson).
Fellowship. It’s such a rich and meaningful word in the Bible, and yet a somewhat generic catch-all term in the vernacular of modern Christians. What is fellowship? In Scripture, fellowship is a word used to describe the common life that Christians enjoy with one another, as those who have been brought into a reconciled relationship with God through Christ by grace. Entire books have been written to flesh out this one word, given the depth and breadth of its use in the Bible.
If we were to do a study together of the concept (not just the word itself) of fellowship in the NT – at least as it concerns fellowship between Christians – we would see five major themes emerge from that study. … Continue reading