Words of Jesus Part 24


I will be skipping some verses because this particular study is not on the whole book of Matthew but on the actual words of Jesus.

Jesus is now standing before Pilate, the elders and chief priests.

  • Matthew 27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
  • Mat 27:12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
  • Mat 27:13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
  • Mat 27:14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

We notice that Jesus did not plead for His life here. He could have performed a miracle and convinced all present that He was the Christ but He did not. The time had come for our beloved Lord to give His life for our sins, ushering in the way of salvation for all who afterward would believe. Jesus allowed Himself to be falsely accused so that the way of salvation could come about. Glory to His name forevermore.

We will jump ahead now after much mocking, beating, and cruelty which Pilate allowed hoping I think to satisfy the people so that would not push for His death. Now Jesus is on the cross suffering for sins.

  • Matthew 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
  • Mat 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
  • Mat 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
  • Mat 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
  • Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
  • Mat 27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

I believe God had to turn away at this moment because that was the moment when every ugly sin of all mankind entered into the sinless body of Jesus. Jesus cried out, asking why God had forsaken Him.

Here are the words of Peter concerning this moment.

  • 1Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
  • 1Pe 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
  • 1Pe 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
  • 1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
  • 1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

And in Hebrews.

  • Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
  • Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
  • Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
  • Matthew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
  • Mat 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
  • Mat 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

After His resurrection we here a little more from Jesus but He stayed 40 days with His disciples teaching them and instructing them in what they were to do next.

  • Matthew 28:1 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.
  • Mat 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
  • Mat 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
  • Mat 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
  • Mat 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
  • Mat 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
  • Mat 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
  • Mat 28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
  • Mat 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
  • Mat 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
  • Mat 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
  • Mat 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
  • Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
  • Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
  • Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The followers of Jesus were not to go into all the world and preach the gospel, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Notice that He did not say to use force, torture, persecution of death threats.

Teach them all things that He commanded them. We are to teach, make disciples, instruct in the word of God.

The last words in Matthew promises that He will be with all who believe unto the end of the present world as we know it.

Here is Luke's account in the book of Acts.

  • Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
  • Act 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
  • Act 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
  • Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Jesus told His disciples not to go and teach until they received the Holy Ghost. They were to tarry in Jerusalem. He did not send them out unprepared but equipped them, not with seminars, bible college or military training but He gave them a new baptism. They were baptized with the Holy Ghost which empowered them to the service of spreading the gospel all over the world.

This promise was not just for them but for all who later would believe.

  • Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  • Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Stop and think for one moment. Almost all the apostles later died a martyrs' death. They suffered beatings, prison, beheadings all for the gospel of Jesus Christ. They surely would have known if Jesus actually raised from the dead. If it was all a lie, why would they go and risk their lives for a lie?  Had all this been a myth, the apostles would have went back home after the death of Jesus and back to fishing. They could have rounded up an army and tried to avenge the death of Jesus. Yet they couldn't do that because Jesus was not dead. Instead they obeyed the words of Jesus after His resurrection, tarried in Jerusalem, received the Holy Spirit and then preached the gospel to the rest of the world so that those of us today can receive the same salvation originally given to the Jewish people.  AMEN. 

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