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HOPELESSNESS SEIZES JUDAS

HOPELESSNESS SEIZES JUDAS

March 29, 2020

Matthew 26:57 – 27:10

Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council

57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 
58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. 
59 Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 
60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 
61 and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'” 
62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 
63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 
64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 
65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 
66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 
67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 
68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”

Peter Denies Jesus

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 
70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 
71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 
72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” 
73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 
74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 
75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Jesus Delivered to Pilate

1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 
2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.

Judas Hangs Himself

3 Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 
4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 
5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 
6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 
7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. 
8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 
9 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 
10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
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