Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard. Genesis 37:36 (ESV)
How can anyone say the bible is boring, the true stories it records are relayed in such captivating way and trump the false stories from hollywood as the bibles accounts hold important lessons of eternal significance. If you read through the chapter quickly… read it again… this time enjoy the story… see the providence and plan of God working itself out.
Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:64 (ESV)
This is a bold declaration by Jesus that he is the Son of God. The start of the answer is only cautious because the contemporary understanding of the messiah was flawed. The second part of the answer is a forceful and affirmative declaration, warning and identification with the prophesies of Daniel and the Psalms that Jesus is the “Son of Man” (The Messiah) who the council would later know as sovereign king and judge.
Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. Matthew 26:65 (ESV)
Further confirmation that to the Sanhedrin, Jesus had just boldly declared himself to be the Son of God, which would make him equal to God which in their eyes was blasphemy
Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” Matthew 26:67–68 (ESV)
Jesus endured this suffering and shame because of his love, primarily for the Father but also his love for us… Stop and think about this and be thankful.
But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” Matthew 27:6 (ESV)
The sin of legalism had them so bound that while they we scheming to kill Jesus and had just held and illegal trial they were still concerned with this rule
Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Matthew 27:11–12 (ESV)
Jesus answer to Pilate again confirms that he is indeed the prophesied king of the Jews but not in the way that Pilate would imagine
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Matthew 27:24 (ESV)
Pilate displayed complete cowardice in trying to please the people. We should not be anything like that.
Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.Matthew 27:26 (ESV)
The scourging of Jesus was one of the cruelest punishments Jesus endured, the following is a note on it from the ESV Study Bible. “Roman flogging was a horrifically cruel punishment. Those condemned to it were tied to a post and beaten with a leather whip that was interwoven with pieces of bone and metal, which tore through skin and tissue, often exposing bones and intestines. In many cases, the flogging itself was fatal. The Romans scourged Jesus nearly to death so that he would not remain alive on the cross after sundown.” Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1885). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. Ecclesiastes 9:2 (ESV)
One appointment we all need have to keep… death! Thank God for Jesus resurrection which gives us eternal life