“THE PASSION OF CHRIST!”
On March 13, 2013, we continue with our teaching on The Passion of Christ. Over the next four weeks we will study Matthew Chapters 26-28. In these chapters we will learn more about the betrayal, trial, denial, conviction, suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Come learn about the Passion of Jesus and how these last three chapters in Matthew contain the essence of the Good News for Christians.
Here in week eleven of 2013, we will study Matthew 27:31, which shows how Jesus was lonely, mocked, and brutalized by his own people and ultimately the Roman government. Please answer the following questions after reading the focus Scriptures.
- Which day of the week is this final trial held for Jesus in Matthew 27:1? Why do you think the Sanhedrin held this additional trial for Jesus after they already convicted him the night before?
- How would you summarize the final three charges against Jesus that the Sanhedrin hoped would lead to the death penalty for Jesus? (See Luke 23:2)
- Was this final trial of Jesus a fair trial? Why or why not?
- Who was Pontius (PON-chus) Pilate and what was his title? What were some of his powers?
- Although Judas Iscariot has become a despised man among Christians, what kind of man do you think he was as a disciple of Jesus?
- Since Matthew 27:3 says Judas was remorseful and returned the money to the chief priests and elders, do you think if he had waited and not committed suicide, would Jesus have forgiven him for his betrayal? What do you think is the difference, for Judas and us, between remorse and repentance?
- How did Judas commit suicide? Where else in the New Testament do we find the story of Judas’ death at his own hands?
- What did the chief priests do with the money that Judas returned to them? Why do you think they took this action with the money?
- Matthew 27:9-10 says he is quoting Jeremiah, but is really quoting Zechariah. Where in Zechariah do you find the quote from Matthew 27:9-10? Why do you think Matthew said Jeremiah when he was really quoting Zechariah?
- Of the three main charges against him, Jesus only responded to which single charge? What was that charge and how did Jesus plead?
- What did Pilate say was the real reason the Jewish leaders had brought trumped up charges against Jesus?
- Since he knew that Jesus was not guilty of a capital crime, Pilate gave the Jews another chance to let Jesus go with a choice. What was the choice?
- Who was Barabbas? What was his full name? What was he guilty of? What made the crowd so agitated against Jesus?
- Have you ever seen or heard of the play Your Arms Too Short To Box With God? Which scene in Matthew 27:19-26 did the name of the play come from?
- How did the words of the Jewish mob condemn themselves and their children to be charged with the death of the Christ, even today? This has led to hatred among some Christians against all Jews. Do you think hatred of Jews is justified because of the crucifixion of Jesus? Why? Why not?
- Even some Black Christians hate Jews because of the crucifixion of Jesus. Can one be a true Christian and hate Jews?
- Although Pilate did not want to put Jesus to death, what did he eventually do to show his weakness as a leader?
- What famous quote from Pilate has been used even today to show that someone has nothing to do with the wrong actions of an individual or group? Did this action really free Pilate from blame in causing the death of Jesus?
- Although the Jews are charged with killing Jesus, did they really execute Jesus? Who did execute Jesus?
- What do you think was the meaning of the Roman soldiers taking off Jesus clothes and putting the scarlet robe on him?
- How did the Roman soldiers mock Jesus? How else did they abuse him?
- Why do you think these soldiers treated Jesus the way they did? Why did they put His own clothes back on Him before taking him to be crucified?