Early in the morning all the religious leaders finalized plans on how they will kill Jesus. So they took Him to Pilate bound up. When Judas, who betrayed Jesus, perceived the horrible state Jesus was in, he was filled with guilt and gave back the thirty silver coins to the high priests saying, “I have betrayed an innocent man.” But they responded by telling him that how he felt is not their concern. At this Judas threw the money into the Temple and went to hang himself. The high priests later picked the money and used it to purchase a field which is being used to bury foreigners.
Now Jesus stood before Pilate to be questioned by him. During this time, the Chief priests and elders accused Him of various crimes but He did not respond to them at all. His silence surprised Pilate greatly.
At the time of the feast, it was a tradition for one prisoner to be released by the governor. Whichever prisoner named by the crowd got released. Before this ceremony, the high priests had already talked the crowd into asking for pardon for a criminal named Barabbas. They convinced the crowd to ensure that Jesus was crucified. And this is what happened when Pilate made a request from the crowd for whom to release. They shouted release for Barabbas. And when asked what to be done to Jesus, they shouted, Crucify Him!
Pilate knew they wanted Jesus killed out of envy. So after washing his hands in a basin before the crowd as a symbol of his none involvement in the death of an innocent man, he gave orders for Jesus to be crucified.
Have you ever wondered why certain people hate and dislike you without a just course? They feel threatened and highly intimidated by your personality, achievements and anointing to the point of making plans to see you fall. They feel your downfall will result in their own fulfillment. They are entirely wrong! Everyone is created in a unique way. Snuffing out other people’s light isn’t the way to light up yourself. Don’t be a part of other people’s downfall. Choose to celebrate honest and just people. Choose to learn from them.
Jesus was a victim of people who wanted Him dead. But God used the situation to bring spiritual salvation to many. No matter how badly people may have treated you. God will use that situation to glorify you because good always triumph over evil.
I celebrate success and achievements in other people. I choose to add value to people’s lives.
Reading – Matthew 27:1-26
Judas Hangs Himself
27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”[a]
Jesus Before Pilate
11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[b] Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
- Matthew 27:10 See Zech. 11:12,13; Jer. 19:1-13; 32:6-9.
- Matthew 27:16 Many manuscripts do not have Jesus; also in verse 17.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.