Jesus' Death and Burial

Matthew 27: 27- 66
  • The Roman soldiers mock and insult Jesus.  Who might be “Roman soldiers” today?
  • Convicted criminals had to carry their cross as a means of public testimony to their guilt. Why is it appropriate, then, that Simon carried the cross for Jesus? How does thinking of the cross as a public testimony to guilt reframe Matthew 16:24 for you?
  • Reflect on verses 45-46.  Was Jesus justified in feeling forsaken by God? How does this moment reflect with the holy nature of God’s justice?
  • Who is ultimately responsible for Jesus’ death? Why? See Acts 2:23.
  • Matthew records soldiers, spectators, and a group of female disciples present at the crucifixion.  John lets us know that he was present as well.  However, the other 10 apostles and the Jewish leaders were not present.  Why? What can we infer about the apostles from their absence? What can we infer about the Jewish leaders from their absences? What justifications might each group have made for their absence?  How do you imagine the absence of His closest friends affected Jesus?
  • Consider verses 62-22. What is striking at this point if we compare the knowledge and actions of Jesus’ enemies with those of His disciples?
  • What is especially ironic about the Jewish leaders calling Jesus “that deceiver” in verse 63? With whom has these leaders ultimately made a deal with? Refer to Luke 22:3, John 8:44, and Revelation 12:9.

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