Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Sunday Sermon Review - Matthew 27:1-31 ( Judas kills himself )

Our church is going through the entire book of Matthew. Our Pastors are preaching through the whole book. We are in Matthew 27. I am taking notes each Sunday. So here are my notes on this sermon. Pastor Kellin was preaching.

Here are my notes: I posted the text at the bottom of the page for your easy reference.

The passage today includes the story where Judas Iscariot commits suicide. How does one preach on this passage?

Last week we looked at the betrayal. Even though Judas betrayed Jesus, Jesus still calls him "friend".
Peter has denied Jesus.
Jesus is alone. The disciples have scattered. His close friends are not with him.
Jesus has been interrogated. The decision to kill him has been made.
Judas sees what is happening, he is filled with remorse. What else did he think the outcome would be??

Maybe Judas had not expected Jesus to still call him "friend". The money he got ( the 30 pieces of silver ) was no longer worth it. Jesus has been condemned and Judas is filled with sorrow.
Judas wants to make wrong things right. Judas goes back to the temple. He wants to confess that he has sinned. He comes to the temple to find forgiveness but instead he receives condemnation from the priests saying "what is that to us?" 
Judas is turned away. Judas is filled with shame and guilt and is offered nothing.
We are saddened by the story of Judas, it has such a tragic ending. Jesus came to bring deliverance but Judas does not experience it.

1) Judas - God's kingdom is offering forgiveness. We can relate to Judas. Sometimes we cannot find it in our hearts to forgive ourselves.
2)  Caiaphas - is a gatekeeper of forgiveness but does not extend it. We can relate to Caiaphas. Sometimes we don't extend forgiveness to others as we should.

Jesus is brought before Pilate.
They wanted the death penalty for Him.
Pilate knew Jesus is innocent. - verse 18
Pilate hopes for a way to release Jesus. He offers Barabbas or Jesus to be freed. They choose Barabbas. With the condemnation of Jesus comes the freedom of Barabbas.

Sinners are set free through the condemnation and death of Jesus.
This is the essence - Jesus came to set sinners free! Not because we deserve it - we don't.
Where are we today? Are we having trouble forgiving ourselves and others. We feel like we are cornered. 
We are the gatekeepers to extend forgiveness to others who have offended us. Are we keeping them at arm's distance or are will willing to extend forgiveness?
The kingdom of God is extended when we accept forgiveness and offer it to others!

Matthew 27:1-31When 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.

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