The Price He Paid

Matthew 27:1-2, 11-14, 22-24,27-31,46, & 50 1WHEN IT was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people held a consultation against Jesus to put Him to death; 2And they bound Him and led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor. 11Now Jesus stood before the governor [Pilate], and the governor asked Him, Are you the King of the Jews? Jesus said to him, You have stated [the fact]. 12But when the charges were made against Him by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. 13Then Pilate said to Him, Do You not hear how many and how serious are the things they are testifying against You? 14But He made no reply to him, not even to a single accusation, so that the governor marveled greatly.22Pilate said to them, Then what shall I do with Jesus Who is called Christ? 23They all replied, Let Him be crucified! And he said, Why? What has He done that is evil? But they shouted all the louder, Let Him be crucified! 24So when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but rather that a riot was about to break out, he took water and washed his hands in the presence of the crowd, saying, I am not guilty of nor responsible for this [c]righteous Man’s blood; see to it yourselves. 27Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the palace, and they gathered the whole battalion about Him. 28And they stripped off His clothes and put a scarlet robe (garment of dignity and office worn by Roman officers of rank) upon Him, 29And, weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and put a reed (staff) in His right hand. And kneeling before Him, they made sport of Him, saying, Hail (greetings, good health to You, long life to You), King of the Jews! 30And they spat on Him, and took the reed (staff) and struck Him on the head. 31And when they finished making sport of Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His own garments on Him and led Him away to be crucified.46And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?–that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]?50And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.

When Pilate asked Him to explain Himself, Jesus said nothing. He didn’t defend Himself, He didn’t offer any explanation. This is something I am in the process of learning. It is so difficult for me to give my battles to God. I want to explain myself, and be my own defense. As I look to Jesus as my example, my standard of life, I see so clearly that He was the master of giving His battles to His Heavenly Father. Can you imagine what Jesus must have felt? The very people He came to heal, bless, and save are now screaming for His death. Up until the moment He died He had the opportunity to save Himself, but regardless He chose to endure such suffering on behalf of those who didn’t even appreciate His sacrifice. For the first time, He had to endure separation from His Father. He not only felt physical pain, but emotionally He felt abandoned, forsaken and helpless. All for us. Isaiah 53:5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Everything He did was for us, but do we appreciate His sacrifice? Or do we reject Him just as the crowd shouting “crucify” did? Today, take a moment to thank Him for the price He paid so we could be whole, well and in constant fellowship with His Father.

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