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.
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Reading through your Bible has become a year-end advertisement, resolution, and chore list. I would like to encourage you not to not do it. This may seem like an odd request, but I want to drive past the activity and look at the heart. I don’t want you to grab a plan, make plans, and follow through with those plans so you can say you read through your Bible.
I would rather you simply say, “I’m committed to learning about my Lord and Savior, therefore I need to read my Bible because it is the source of light in this dark world.”
The cross event entails a blameless man, unworthy of death, murdered by guilty, vile men yet also dying on behalf of dirty defiled people who need a Savior. It’s the love story of love stories. Our loving Lord, seeing our need for a Savior, who is also just and requires death for sin, sees our rebellion. Instead of declaring us traitors and pronouncing, “Off with their heads!” (which we deserve), He sends His son to die in our place, the blameless for the guilty.
Paul, summarizes this reality in Romans 5:1-10
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
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I love ministry. I love learning about other ministries and how the Lord uses them for His glory. I have the privilege of knowing a few military chaplains. It has been encouraging to see the way the Lord uses these men for His name. I pray this interview exposes some of their work and encourages you to pray for them. The following interview is with Air Force Major Joshua Stoley. I am extremely thankful for Major Stoley, especially his love for our Lord and His bride, the church. Please join me in learning about and praying for him and others who serve in this role.… Continue reading
Most of my friends know I love coffee. So, it only goes without saying that, naturally, I’m drawn to the one book in the Bible where God teaches men to brew coffee, “He-brews.” (Lol, I don’t often tell dad jokes, but when I do he laughs). 🙂
In all seriousness in my second year in Seminary, I took an exegesis of Hebrews class. My life has never been the same. Why study Hebrews?
The student of Hebrews learns christology, ecclesiology, anthropology, sanctification, substitutionary atonement, eschatology, suffering, and perseverance all intertwined into a beautiful tapestry drawing and teaching us to love Christ all the more. … Continue reading