Matthew Chapter 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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 27 Bible commentary...
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 crimes when they commit them, but they must answer for them all. In the fullest manner Judas acknowledged to the chief priests that he had sinned, and betrayed an innocent person. This was full testimony to the character of Christ; but the rulers were hardened. Casting down the money, Judas departed, and went and hanged himself, not being able to bear the terror of Divine wrath, and the anguish of despair. There is little doubt but that the death of Judas was before that of our blessed Lord. But was it nothing to them that they had thirsted after this blood, and hired Judas to betray it, and had condemned it to be shed unjustly? Thus do fools make a mock at sin. Thus many make light of Christ crucified. And it is a common instance of the deceitfulness of our hearts, to make light of our own sin by dwelling upon other people's sins. But the judgment of God is according to truth. Many apply this passage of the buying the piece of ground, with the money Judas brought back, to signify the favour intended by the blood of Christ to strangers, and sinners 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, I have sinned, Father, against heaven. Let none be satisfied with such partial convictions as a man may have, and yet remain full of pride, enmity, and rebellion.
11-25 Having no malice against Jesus, Pilate urged him to clear himself, and laboured to get him discharged. The message from his wife was a warning. God has many ways of giving checks to sinners, in their sinful pursuits, and it is a great mercy to have such checks from Providence, from faithful friends, and from our own consciences. O do not this abominable thing which the Lord hates! is what we may hear said to us, when we are entering into temptation, if we will but regard it. Being overruled by the priests, the people made choice of Barabbas. Multitudes who choose the world, rather than God, for their ruler and portion, thus choose their own delusions. The Jews were so bent upon the death of Christ, that Pilate thought it would be dangerous to refuse. And this struggle shows the power of conscience even on the worst men. Yet all was so ordered to make it evident that Christ suffered for no fault of his own, but for the sins of his people. How vain for Pilate to expect to free himself from the guilt of the innocent blood of a righteous person, whom he was by his office bound to protect! The Jews' curse upon themselves has been awfully answered in the sufferings of their nation. None could bear the sin of others, except Him that had no sin of his own to answer for. And are we not all concerned? Is not Barabbas preferred to Jesus, when sinners reject salvation that they may retain their darling sins, which rob God of his glory, and murder their souls? The blood of Christ is now upon us for good, through mercy, by the Jews' rejection of it. O let us flee to it for refuge!
26-30 Crucifixion was a death used only among the Romans; it was very terrible and miserable. A cross was laid on the ground, to which the hands and feet were nailed, it was then lifted up and fixed upright, so that the weight of the body hung on the nails, till the sufferer died in agony. Christ thus answered the type of the brazen serpent raised on a pole. Christ underwent all the misery and shame here related, that he might purchase for us everlasting life, and joy, and glory.
31-34 Christ was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, as a Sacrifice to 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. Was ever sorrow like unto his sorrow? And when we behold what manner of death he died, let us in that behold with what manner of love he 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 writing to notify the crime for which they suffered. So they set up one over Christ's head. This they designed for his reproach, but God so overruled it, that even his accusation was to his honour. There were crucified with him at the same time, two robbers. He was, at his death, numbered among the transgressors, that we, at our death, might be numbered among the saints. The taunts and jeers he received are here recorded. The enemies of Christ labour to make others believe that of religion and of the people of God, which they themselves know to be false. The chief priests and scribes, and the elders, upbraid Jesus with being the King of Israel. Many people could like the King of Israel well enough, if he would but come down from the cross; if they could but have his kingdom without the tribulation through which they must enter into it. But if no cross, then no Christ, no crown. Those that would reign with him, must be willing to suffer with him. Thus our Lord Jesus, having undertaken to satisfy the justice of God, did it, by submitting to the punishment of the worst of men. And in every minute particular recorded about the sufferings of Christ, we find some prediction in 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, and suffering his Father's displeasure against the sin of man, for which he was now making his soul an offering. Never were there three such hours since the day God created man upon the earth, never such a dark and awful scene; it was the turning point of that great affair, man's redemption and salvation. Jesus uttered a complaint from #Ps 22:1|. Hereby he teaches of what use the word of God is to direct us in prayer, and recommends the use of Scripture expressions in prayer. The believer may have tasted some drops of bitterness, but he can only form a very feeble idea of the greatness of Christ's sufferings. Yet, hence he learns something of the Saviour's love to sinners; hence he gets deeper conviction of the vileness and evil of sin, and of what he owes to Christ, who delivers him from the wrath to come. His enemies wickedly ridiculed his complaint. Many of the reproaches cast upon the word of God and the people of God, arise, as here, from gross mistakes. Christ, just before he expired, spake in his full strength, to show that his life was not forced from him, but was freely delivered into his Father's hands. He had strength to bid defiance to the powers of death: and to show that by the eternal Spirit he offered himself, being the Priest as well as the Sacrifice, he cried with a loud voice. Then he yielded up the ghost. The Son of God upon the cross, did die by the violence of the pain he was put to. His soul was separated from his body, and so his body was left really and truly dead. It was certain that Christ did die, for it was needful that he should die. He had undertaken to make himself an offering for sin, and he did it when he willingly gave up his life.
51-56 The rending of the veil signified that Christ, by his death, opened a way to God. We have an open way through Christ to the throne of grace, or mercy-seat now, and to the throne of glory hereafter. When we duly consider Christ's death, our hard and rocky hearts should be rent; the heart, and not the garments. That heart is harder than a rock that will not yield, that will not melt, where Jesus Christ is plainly set forth crucified. The graves were opened, and many bodies of saints which slept, arose. To whom they appeared, in what manner, and how they disappeared, we are not told; and we must not desire to be wise above what is written. The dreadful appearances of God in his providence, sometimes work strangely for the conviction and awakening of sinners. This was expressed in the terror that fell upon the centurion and the Roman soldiers. We may reflect with comfort on the abundant testimonies given to the character of Jesus; and, seeking to give no just cause of offence, we may leave 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. But his friends could give no more than a look; they beheld him, but could not help him. Never were the horrid nature and effects of sin so tremendously displayed, as on that day when the beloved Son of the Father hung upon the cross, suffering for sin, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Let us yield ourselves 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 lay his body, when he was dead. Our Lord Jesus, who had no sin of his own, had no grave of his own. The Jews designed that he should have made his grave with the wicked, should have been buried with the thieves with whom he was crucified, but God overruled it, so that he should make it with the rich in his death, #Isa 53:9|. And although to the eye of man the beholding a funeral may cause terror, yet if we remember how Christ by his burial has changed the nature of the grave to believers, it should make us rejoice. And we are ever to imitate Christ's burial in being continually occupied in the spiritual burial of our sins.
62-66 On the Jewish sabbath, the chief priests and Pharisees, when they should have been at their devotions, were dealing with Pilate about securing the sepulchre. This was permitted that there might be certain proof of our Lord's resurrection. Pilate told them that they might secure the sepulchre as carefully as they could. They sealed the stone, and set a guard, and were satisfied that all needful care was taken. But to guard the sepulchre against the poor weak disciples was folly, because needless; while to think to guard it against the power of God, was folly, because fruitless, and to no purpose; yet they thought they dealt wisely. But the Lord took the wise in their own craftiness. Thus shall all the rage and the plans of Christ's enemies be made to promote his glory.
Stephen's Matthew Chapter 27 comment on 7/06/2014, 12:10am...
Mr. Hartwell, you are correct in saying that crucifixion was a cruel and barbaric form of execution, and I am glad that it is no longer in use. God needed to use that form of punishment partly to show us how He feels about sin. Mainly, though, Jesus had to suffer such a death to pay for sin. The punishment for sin, according to Romans 6 23, is death. II Corinthians 5 21 says that Jesus became sin for us, so that His death paid the penalty for the sins of mankind. See alos John 1 29.
Clark culver's Matthew Chapter 27 comment about verse 48 on 6/29/2014, 8:28am...
I believe this is an epic moment on the cross when the very men commissioned to kill Jesus, men who seem to earlier be heartless and even spitting on him in disrespect were moved by strength in death unlike anyone before came filled a sponge with the healing drink of strong vinegar to symbolize a change on there cold dry heart. I believe they saw there sins and there hearts were changed. Even those killing Jesus realized Jesus was someone unlike any man who ever lived. When Jesus saw this transformation in these cold dark sinful hearts he said it is finished and gave up the spirit.
George Hartwell's Matthew Chapter 27 comment on 6/28/2014, 6:10pm...
In biblical times, crucifixion and other forms of barbaric execution were commonplace. In the 21st century, this type of behaviour is beneath us civilisation has progressed and we do not treat each other in this disgusting manner now. So why would God have needed to do this? Couldn 't he have found some other way? Didn 't God have the moral values then that we do now?
Rev. Autrey's Matthew Chapter 27 comment about verse 32 on 6/27/2014, 12:11pm...
Matthew 27, verses 32 and 33 read, '32 Along the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus cross. 33 And they went out to a place called Golgotha which means 'Place of the Skull ' . These verses will have no meaning if we do not understand that it was God himself who went to that cross. It was not a substitute. It was not someone else, or a second God, or a little God, or an emanation of God. Many people say it was, but they are wrong. Only God can forgive sin, so only God has the right to die in our place to remove our sins. Consider this. Hebrews 1 reads, 'But to his Son he says, YOUR THRONE O GOD ENDURES FOREVER AND EVER. Notice that the Son Jesus is called God. Then in verse 9 God says to the Son, YOU LOVE WHAT IS RIGHT AND HATE WHAT IS WRONG. THEREFORE, GOD HAS ANOINTED YOU. This is translated, HAS MADE YOU CHRIST. This proves that the Christ is God. Speaking of the Son, verse 11 says, 'LORD, IN THE BEGINNING YOU LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH. Who else but God can be said to be our creator. What more proof do we need? Those who still do not believe are just not thinking right. They have set their minds against Christ, and just do not want to admit who he is. But in order for us to be saved we must confess that JESUS IS LORD OR GOD. Please let us make that confession! God bless you!
Nkosinathi Ngulube's Matthew Chapter 27 comment about verse 34 on 6/05/2014, 12:37am...
The tasting was a kind gesture to their offer, which depicts the Lord 's love to those that persecuted Him.But let it be noted that there was no way He could drink as He had earlier said during supper that ' Mark my words l will not drink wine again until the day l drink it anew with you in my Father 's Kingdom
Anonymous's Matthew Chapter 27 comment about verse 46 on 5/31/2014, 10:15pm...
God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. John 1 1 In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the Word was God, verse 14 and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, So Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh. God is a Spirit and is eternal. So the eternal Spirit withdrew itself from the man flesh so the flesh could die and be the sacrifice for man kind. When it did the flesh cried out. Remember except that same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in your bodies you wont go in the rapture of the Church. So the body of Christ was laid in the tomb until the Spirit united again with it and now we have a victorious Christ!!!!
Rev. Autrey's Matthew Chapter 27 comment about verse 41 on 5/14/2014, 11:57am...
Verses 38 44 38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God! 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 He saved others, they said, but he can t save himself! He s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, I am the Son of God. 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him. These verses prove beyond a shadow of doubt that what the Bible says about Jesus true "But although the world was made by him, the world did not know him when he came. " That is a sad commentary on the Christian world. We name ourselves after him, but we will not, to this day, say that he is God. But if he made the world, he has to be God. Everyone knows that only God is our maker and sustainer, and the one who takes care of us. If Jesus would present himself to the Christian churches today, they would have him curcified for blasphey claiming to be God just as the Jews did in his day. They didn 't kill Jesus because he hurt them in some way. They had him killed because he said he was the Son of God. And as it says in Hebrews 2 10, "But to the Son he says. 'Your throne, O GOD ... " This is Jesus talking about himself. He is calling himself God. And if the Jews of Jesus ' day understood this, how much more should Jesus ' followers understad it today. May God help us to understand!
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