Matthew 27* Christ delivered to Pilate, The despair of Judas. (1-10)Christ before Pilate. (11-25) Barabbas loosed, Christ mocked.(26-30) Christ led to be crucified. (31-34) He is crucified.(35-44) The death of Christ. (45-50) Events at the crucifixion.(51-56) The burial of Christ. (57-61) The sepulchre secured.(62-66)1-10 Wicked men see little of the consequences of their crimeswhen they commit them, but they must answer for them all. In thefullest manner Judas acknowledged to the chief priests that hehad sinned, and betrayed an innocent person. This was fulltestimony to the character of Christ; but the rulers werehardened. Casting down the money, Judas departed, and went andhanged himself, not being able to bear the terror of Divinewrath, and the anguish of despair. There is little doubt butthat the death of Judas was before that of our blessed Lord. Butwas it nothing to them that they had thirsted after this blood,and hired Judas to betray it, and had condemned it to be shedunjustly? Thus do fools make a mock at sin. Thus many make lightof Christ crucified. And it is a common instance of thedeceitfulness of our hearts, to make light of our own sin bydwelling upon other people's sins. But the judgment of God isaccording to truth. Many apply this passage of the buying thepiece of ground, with the money Judas brought back, to signifythe favour intended by the blood of Christ to strangers, andsinners of the Gentiles. It fulfilled a prophecy, #Zec 11:12|.Judas went far toward repentance, yet it was not to salvation.He confessed, but not to God; he did not go to him, and say, Ihave sinned, Father, against heaven. Let none be satisfied withsuch partial convictions as a man may have, and yet remain fullof pride, enmity, and rebellion. 11-25 Having no malice against Jesus, Pilate urged him to clearhimself, and laboured to get him discharged. The message fromhis wife was a warning. God has many ways of giving checks tosinners, in their sinful pursuits, and it is a great mercy tohave such checks from Providence, from faithful friends, andfrom our own consciences. O do not this abominable thing whichthe Lord hates! is what we may hear said to us, when we areentering into temptation, if we will but regard it. Beingoverruled by the priests, the people made choice of Barabbas.Multitudes who choose the world, rather than God, for theirruler and portion, thus choose their own delusions. The Jewswere so bent upon the death of Christ, that Pilate thought itwould be dangerous to refuse. And this struggle shows the powerof conscience even on the worst men. Yet all was so ordered tomake it evident that Christ suffered for no fault of his own,but for the sins of his people. How vain for Pilate to expect tofree himself from the guilt of the innocent blood of a righteousperson, whom he was by his office bound to protect! The Jews'curse upon themselves has been awfully answered in thesufferings of their nation. None could bear the sin of others,except Him that had no sin of his own to answer for. And are wenot all concerned? Is not Barabbas preferred to Jesus, whensinners reject salvation that they may retain their darlingsins, which rob God of his glory, and murder their souls? Theblood of Christ is now upon us for good, through mercy, by theJews' rejection of it. O let us flee to it for refuge! 26-30 Crucifixion was a death used only among the Romans; itwas very terrible and miserable. A cross was laid on the ground,to which the hands and feet were nailed, it was then lifted upand fixed upright, so that the weight of the body hung on thenails, till the sufferer died in agony. Christ thus answered thetype of the brazen serpent raised on a pole. Christ underwentall the misery and shame here related, that he might purchasefor us everlasting life, and joy, and glory. 31-34 Christ was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, as a Sacrificeto the altar. Even the mercies of the wicked are really cruel.Taking the cross from him, they compelled one Simon to bear it.Make us ready, O Lord, to bear the cross thou hast appointed us,and daily to take it up with cheerfulness, following thee. Wasever sorrow like unto his sorrow? And when we behold what mannerof death he died, let us in that behold with what manner of lovehe loved us. As if death, so painful a death, were not enough,they added to its bitterness and terror in several ways. 35-44 It was usual to put shame upon malefactors, by a writingto notify the crime for which they suffered. So they set up oneover Christ's head. This they designed for his reproach, but Godso overruled it, that even his accusation was to his honour.There were crucified with him at the same time, two robbers. Hewas, at his death, numbered among the transgressors, that we, atour death, might be numbered among the saints. The taunts andjeers he received are here recorded. The enemies of Christlabour to make others believe that of religion and of the peopleof God, which they themselves know to be false. The chiefpriests and scribes, and the elders, upbraid Jesus with beingthe King of Israel. Many people could like the King of Israelwell enough, if he would but come down from the cross; if theycould but have his kingdom without the tribulation through whichthey must enter into it. But if no cross, then no Christ, nocrown. Those that would reign with him, must be willing tosuffer with him. Thus our Lord Jesus, having undertaken tosatisfy the justice of God, did it, by submitting to thepunishment of the worst of men. And in every minute particularrecorded about the sufferings of Christ, we find some predictionin the Prophets or the Psalms fulfilled. 45-50 During the three hours which the darkness continued,Jesus was in agony, wrestling with the powers of darkness, andsuffering his Father's displeasure against the sin of man, forwhich he was now making his soul an offering. Never were therethree such hours since the day God created man upon the earth,never such a dark and awful scene; it was the turning point ofthat great affair, man's redemption and salvation. Jesus uttereda complaint from #Ps 22:1|. Hereby he teaches of what use theword of God is to direct us in prayer, and recommends the use ofScripture expressions in prayer. The believer may have tastedsome drops of bitterness, but he can only form a very feebleidea of the greatness of Christ's sufferings. Yet, hence helearns something of the Saviour's love to sinners; hence he getsdeeper conviction of the vileness and evil of sin, and of whathe owes to Christ, who delivers him from the wrath to come. Hisenemies wickedly ridiculed his complaint. Many of the reproachescast upon the word of God and the people of God, arise, as here,from gross mistakes. Christ, just before he expired, spake inhis full strength, to show that his life was not forced fromhim, but was freely delivered into his Father's hands. He hadstrength to bid defiance to the powers of death: and to showthat by the eternal Spirit he offered himself, being the Priestas well as the Sacrifice, he cried with a loud voice. Then heyielded up the ghost. The Son of God upon the cross, did die bythe violence of the pain he was put to. His soul was separatedfrom his body, and so his body was left really and truly dead.It was certain that Christ did die, for it was needful that heshould die. He had undertaken to make himself an offering forsin, and he did it when he willingly gave up his life. 51-56 The rending of the veil signified that Christ, by hisdeath, opened a way to God. We have an open way through Christto the throne of grace, or mercy-seat now, and to the throne ofglory hereafter. When we duly consider Christ's death, our hardand rocky hearts should be rent; the heart, and not thegarments. That heart is harder than a rock that will not yield,that will not melt, where Jesus Christ is plainly set forthcrucified. The graves were opened, and many bodies of saintswhich slept, arose. To whom they appeared, in what manner, andhow they disappeared, we are not told; and we must not desire tobe wise above what is written. The dreadful appearances of Godin his providence, sometimes work strangely for the convictionand awakening of sinners. This was expressed in the terror thatfell upon the centurion and the Roman soldiers. We may reflectwith comfort on the abundant testimonies given to the characterof Jesus; and, seeking to give no just cause of offence, we mayleave it to the Lord to clear our characters, if we live to Him.Let us, with an eye of faith, behold Christ and him crucified,and be affected with that great love wherewith he loved us. Buthis friends could give no more than a look; they beheld him, butcould not help him. Never were the horrid nature and effects ofsin so tremendously displayed, as on that day when the belovedSon of the Father hung upon the cross, suffering for sin, theJust for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Let us yieldourselves willingly to his service. 57-61 In the burial of Christ was nothing of pomp or solemnity.As Christ had not a house of his own, wherein to lay his head,while he lived, so he had not a grave of his own, wherein to layhis body, when he was dead. Our Lord Jesus, who had no sin ofhis own, had no grave of his own. The Jews designed that heshould have made his grave with the wicked, should have beenburied with the thieves with whom he was crucified, but Godoverruled it, so that he should make it with the rich in hisdeath, #Isa 53:9|. And although to the eye of man the beholdinga funeral may cause terror, yet if we remember how Christ by hisburial has changed the nature of the grave to believers, itshould make us rejoice. And we are ever to imitate Christ'sburial in being continually occupied in the spiritual burial ofour sins. 62-66 On the Jewish sabbath, the chief priests and Pharisees,when they should have been at their devotions, were dealing withPilate about securing the sepulchre. This was permitted thatthere might be certain proof of our Lord's resurrection. Pilatetold them that they might secure the sepulchre as carefully asthey could. They sealed the stone, and set a guard, and weresatisfied that all needful care was taken. But to guard thesepulchre against the poor weak disciples was folly, becauseneedless; while to think to guard it against the power of God,was folly, because fruitless, and to no purpose; yet theythought they dealt wisely. But the Lord took the wise in theirown craftiness. Thus shall all the rage and the plans ofChrist's enemies be made to promote his glory.
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