Scripture Reading: Mark 15:1, , Luke 22: 66-71, Matthew 27:3-10
Jesus arrested, bound, waiting to find out what the Jewish council will do next. And then there was Judas, returning the coins to the leading priests. The interesting part of this story, is what the priests decided to do with the money. In Matthew 27: 6, Matthew writes that “the leading priests picked up the coins”, they talked among themselves and remarked , “It wouldn’t be right to put this money in the Temple treasury, since it was payment for murder.” How honorable (not) of them considering that the High Priests possibly secretly made a deal with Pilate the governor of Judea a few years prior to this to pay for their precious water aqueduct system to the Temple, with the same funds.
As we are studying this week, in parallel , I’m reading a magnificent historical fiction novel , based on the life of Pilate. The story where Pilate used the funds of the temple treasury just played out. The worse part of the story, there was a massacre of many Jews by the hands of Pilate because of this transaction. The High Priests may have secretly made a deal with Pilate, vowing not to share with the people about the transaction, and then it was their lives, the Jewish commoners that lost their lives.
The most impactful part of this story, was Jesus’s response to the Jewish council, “from now on He would be seated at the right hand of God’s throne.” Scripture mentions this position on the throne 100 times. Paul said it well, to the Romans. ” Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of god, who indeed is interceding for us. ” ( Romans 8:34) Spend some time today, writing those words written by Paul. The Easter story is right there; His death, His resurrection, and his interceding for us.