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The Chief Priests and Elders of the People: Reframe

The morning came upon everyone and this was when all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel together. They took counsel against Jesus to sentence Him to death by crucifixion. So they bound Him and took Him away, delivering Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.

This was when Judas, who betrayed the LORD realized the LORD was condemned to death began to repent. He realized need to steal was going to cost a man, an innocent man, His life. Judas decided to bring the money (thirty pieces of silver) back to the chief priests and elders. He said that he had sinned in betraying the innocent blood.

Nevertheless, they said to him, “What does that have to do with us?” Judas left the silver with the priests and left. Loaded with guilt, instead of repenting, he went and hung himself. The chief priests took the silver pieces and thought it unlawful to put it back into the treasury because it was the price of blood.

The Chief Priests and Elders of the People

So instead, they took counsel and purchased the potter’s field to bury foreigners in. Still, to this day, the field is called The Field of Blood. It then fulfilled what Jeremiah the prophet wrote that said, And they took thirty pieces of silver, the price of HIM that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value.

They gave them the potter’s field as the LORD appointed Me. Now Jesus was before the governor, Pilate, and Pilate questioned Him asking, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus simply replied, “You said it!” All accusations against the LORD from the chief priests, He replied nothing.

Pilate, tried to get the LORD to speak asked Jesus if He’d heard all the things the people had witnessed against Him? The LORD did not as much as give a facial expression. This truly made Pilate marvel greatly; normally people are panting and defending themselves. It was around the time of the feast and the governor would release a prisoner that the people chose.

Kill Jesus, Release Barabbas???

There was a notable prisoner named Barabbas. When they gathered together, Pilate asked who they wanted to release, Barabbas or Jesus (who is called the Messiah)? Pilate rubbed it in on the people because he knew they delivered JESUS to him because they envied Him. That was why Pilate called the LORD the Messiah before the people.

Pilate was sitting with his wife and she told him to have nothing to do with that just man called Jesus. She told her husband, the governor, that she’d suffered many things in her dream because of Him. Nevertheless, the chief priests and elders of the people were able to persuade the crowd to ask for Barabbas and have Jesus killed.

When Pilate asked again, the crowd yelled for Jesus to be killed and Barabbas to be freed. The governor asked why should Jesus be killed, what has He done? They didn’t reply besides shouting, “KILL HIM, KILL HIM!” Pilate couldn’t prevail to save the LORD’s life, he took water and washed his hands before the angry tumultuous crowd.

Hail to the King of the Jews…

He said before them all that he was innocent of the blood of this just person, they were his witnesses. The people of Judah did not stop there, they had to go over the top. They replied to Pilate, let His blood be on them and on their children! Barabbas was released to a cheering crowd while Jesus was ordered to be flogged and nailed to a cross.

The Roman soldiers of the governor took the LORD to the common hall surrounded by a band of soldiers. They stripped the LORD and gave Him a scarlet robe, planted a crown of thorns on His head with a reed in His right hand. The soldiers then bowed before Jesus mockingly, as if to worship Him, as they said, “Hail, King of the Jews.”

Then they began to get really nasty with their display. They spat on Him, took the reed from His right hand and hit the LORD across the head with it. They mocked on, stripping Him of His robe, giving Him back His clothes to be led away to His death. The LORD was beaten pretty bad and found it hard to bear the cross He would be hung upon.

They Parted My Garments…

The Romans then found a man of Cyrene, his name was Simon, and they compelled him to carry the cross for the LORD. They made it to a placed called Golgotha was known as the place of a skull, and that is where they propped up the cross and hung Jesus on it. They provided Him with something to drink at this point, but it wasn’t a thirst quenching beverage.

It wasn’t even the health benefiting apple cider vinegar. It was plain vinegar mixed with gall and when Jesus tasted it, He refused to drink. They executed the LORD and gambled to see who would keep His clothes. Then it was fulfilled what the prophet wrote saying, They parted my garments among themselves and upon my vesture they did cast lots.

They all sat around and watched Him, waiting for Him to die a slow terrible death. Over the LORD’s head was the accusation written, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews!” End Part 1

Selah (based on the first half of Matthew chapter 27)

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