MATTHEW 27:1-54 KJV

1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

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.

12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

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.

25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

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.

36 And sitting down they watched him there;

37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

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.

43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

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?

47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

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;

52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

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.

 

As you can tell by reading the passage above, Scripture makes it very clear that many  amazing things happened during the time that Jesus Christ was on the cross and at the very moment of His death. What many observed during that time was enough to convince them that He truly was –and is — who He claimed to be! Even one of the two thieves on the cross had a change of mind as he watched Jesus and saw such an obvious expression of true love and forgiveness that He showed towards those who crucified and mocked Him as He hung in agony during those six hours. Here is a portion of what took place as recorded in the gospel of Luke:

“And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.  And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:32-46)

Sadly, today there are many who still mock Him and deny who He revealed Himself to be.

There is much debate taking place concerning what day Jesus Christ actually died on, as well as many false teachings circulating concerning where Jesus went and what actually happened during the time that He died and arose from the dead. The only way that we can come to a Biblical understanding on these issues and others is to examine Scripture in context, and to compare Scripture with Scripture. Here are two portions that I quick captured from two very good articles written by Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us Reason Ministries that I thought might help clear up some of the confusion that some of you may be experiencing. When time allows, please consider reading the full articles by clicking on the links below the quick captured sections. I pray they will help give you a better understanding on these topics and help you to think Biblically in the midst of so much confusion that is taking place these days concerning many issues, some of which have a damaging effect on the very character and nature of God and the gospel itself!

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NOTE:

Please do not consider this as being an endorsement of Mike Oppenheimer and his  ministry. I am only sharing this teaching because it lines up with Scripture. We must all be Bereans and make sure that we constantly test every teaching of every person to make sure that it lines up with Scripture. If not, we must reject it, pray for discernment, and search the Scriptures while asking God to reveal the truth to us on issues that may be causing us some confusion. A teacher may be presenting solid Biblical truth on many issues, and may be way off on another issue which could lead us into some very dangerous false teachings and away from Biblical truth, so we must always be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s warnings and check things out very carefully!

Sadly, there are many today who have never heard or who have not yet come to grasp  the glorious good news concerning the fact that Jesus Christ’s death and His “once for all” sacrifice was sufficient to pay for the sins of every person, no matter how vile or wicked they may be. Yet each person must choose to receive this free gift of salvation by placing their complete trust in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, His substitutionary atoning sacrifice, and His glorious resurrection from the dead as being enough, and no longer trusting in anything they can do to try and earn His forgiveness. If you have not come to the point of understanding your sinfulness in the light of His complete Holiness, I pray that you will consider all that God did to provide a way for you to have a relationship with Him by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to die in your place, and that you will choose to believe this good news and place your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. What rejoicing you will do when you come to grasp the depth of the love that God has for you and the high price that was paid to free you from your sin and guilt –if only you will receive this precious gift that was paid with the high price of the blood of Jesus Christ. Time is running out, and tomorrow may be too late for some of you, for tomorrow is never promised to anyone!

Now back to the subject of the veil in the temple being torn from top to bottom:

First we need to be aware of the fact that the veil was not a thin, sheer curtain. The veil was approximately four inches thick, and each of the ten veils/curtains was forty two feet long and six feet wide. (Exodus 26:1,2) In Hebrews Chapters 7 through 10 especially, God’s Word gives us a clear understanding of the role of the High Priest and contrasts this with all that Jesus Christ accomplished for us through His “once for all” sacrifice on the cross. At the very moment of His death, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom signifying that God has accepted the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ,  on our behalf and removed the barrier that separated us from His presence. If we will receive what Jesus did on our behalf we can now come into the very presence of God Himself:

“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  (Hebrews 10:17-23)

The truth presented in those three chapters was enough to open my eyes as a Catholic to see that the sacrificial system of the Catholic church was not only unnecessary, but also by continually offering the Sacrifice of the Mass it was declaring that Jesus Christ’s death was not sufficient to fully pay for our sins! Here are just a few of the many passages of Scripture in the book of Hebrews that opened my eyes to the truth concerning all that Jesus Christ accomplished for us:

“For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: who serve unto the example and ‘shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shown to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the new covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, a new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:3-13)

“Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your consciences from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:6-14)

Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 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.” (Hebrews 9:21-28)

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (Hebrews 10:8-23)

Dear reader, you who are striving to be good enough to be accepted by God, or you who may think that you can never be forgiven by God because of all of the wrong things that you have done, believe the good news of the gospel and place your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation.

Dear Catholic, Jesus Christ longs to fill your very heart with His Holy Spirit! He is not contained in a wafer and awaiting your visit to the tabernacle as it sits upon the altar or as the wafer is being exposed in the Monstrance during the time of Eucharistic Adoration as you are being taught, and as I was also once taught. He is now seated at the right hand of God where He intercedes for us. (Romans 8:34)

Jesus came and dwelt among us – John 1:14

Jesus is the light of the world – John 8:12, John 9:5

Jesus is the Lamb of God  which takes away the sins of the world – John 1:29

The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin – 1 John 1:7-10

Jesus is the only way to God – John 14:6

Jesus is the only name  under heaven by which we can be saved – Acts 4:12

Jesus is the only Mediator between God and men – 1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through Him; He always lives to intercede for them – Hebrews 7:25

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9)

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-14)

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14)

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Below is a beautiful song that I have never heard before, that presents the truth in Scripture; because Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and because of His shed blood and His death on our behalf was accepted by God the Father to satisfy the wrath that He has towards us because of our sins, if we choose to place our trust in this only provision that God made for us in order for this barrier of sin that separates us from a thrice Holy God to be removed, we can then humbly, but boldly come before the very throne of God and make our requests known to Him. This is the good news of the Biblical gospel encapsulated in song form!

Here are the lyrics:

In the Holy of Holies
Behind that heavy veil
sat the ark of the covenant
Where the Most High dwelt
And only the High Priest
Could enter therein
To offer up a sacrifice
For atonement of sin
But the veil was rent in instant
Revealing that holy place
For on hill nearby on a rugged cross
Justice met Grace

Now I can go into the Holy of Holies
I can kneel and make my petitions known
I can go into the Holy of Holies
And although I’m just a common man
Because of God’s redemption plan
I can boldly approach the throne

The blood of sacrifices is no more required
For the blood of Christ, the spotless Lamb
Completely paid the price
In the sacrifice of worship, we’ll open heaven’s doors
Allowing us to enter in the presence of the Lord

Now I can go into the Holy of Holies
I can kneel and make my petitions known
I can go into the Holy of Holies
And although I’m just a common man
Because of God’s redemption plan
I can boldly approach the throne

 

UPDATE:

Some of you may be wondering why I didn’t post the Conference ‘Examining Reformed Theology’ with George Bryson like I originally planned on doing. Lord willing, I will share with you at some point in the future why I changed my mind, but I want to assure you that I still intend on addressing Calvinism and Reformed Theology in light of Scripture as soon as I am finished with the series on Catholicism that I am presently writing.

I also need to apologize to all of you again for not writing anything recently, but this month has been a very hard month for me emotionally which made it hard for me to be able to concentrate in order to write anything. As of this past Thursday I no longer have the job that I truly enjoyed, which was caring for a precious little girl ever since she was only five weeks old. She brought so much joy and laughter into my life, and now, even though the joy of the Lord is my strength, my life feels rather empty and lonely right now. I am so happy that her mom will be able to spend more time with her now, but that also means that I will need to be looking for another job. As much as I would like to get a job writing, I realize that the possibility of that happening is not very likely, unless, of course God miraculously brings an opportunity my way. So I will be continuing to look for another childcare job in the days and weeks ahead, but I will also be spending much of my free time now praying for God to help me as I continue to finish writing the posts on the supposed Apparitions of the Virgin Mary and more installments in the series in which I am comparing the teachings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church to Scriptures in a Catholic New Testament out of my desire to help Catholics see the need to test what they are being taught against the truth of God’s Word to see if what they are being taught is true or not, as we all must do. (Acts 17:11)

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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