(3-10) Judas Hangs Himself
Realizing the evil of his actions, Judas brings back the thirty pieces of silver that he was given to betray Jesus the Christ. We see that he is regretful, but not repentant. Being sorry over sin only causes us to wallow in remorse and shame. Only when we repent of our sin can we experience forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Perhaps if Judas had repented and pleaded with God for mercy, even he could have been saved.
(11-14) Jesus Before Pilate
Pilate was amazed that Jesus the Christ did not respond to the barrage of accusations coming against Him. Despite being under great stress, ridicule, and hate, He remains our perfect example. When we know we are in the right, it is often better to be silent and let God defend us if He so chooses.
Why was Pilate amazed at Jesus’ calm demeanor amid the crowd’s chaos and their cries for Him to be crucified? C. H. Spurgeon writes that Pilate was amazed because: “He had seen in captured Jews the fierce courage of fanaticism; but there was no fanaticism in Christ. He had also seen in many prisoners the meanness which will do or say anything to escape from death; but he saw nothing of that about our Lord. He saw in him unusual gentleness and humility combined with majestic dignity. He beheld submission blended with innocence.”
(15-23) The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
Pilate himself knew that Jesus the Christ was an innocent man who was only being accused out of envy. He was warned by his wife not to have nothing to do with “that righteous man”. Pilate listened neither to his wife or his own conscience. Instead, he listened to the crowd.
(24-26) Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
Pilate pretended that he was innocent of Jesus’ blood and that he was not responsible for His crucifixion, but nothing was further from the truth.
Favorite verse: (11) Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.”