Lamb of God

Devotional by Adam Pemberton

Read Matthew 27:1-61

Matthew 27:1-61

Jesus Delivered to Pilate

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

Judas Hangs Himself

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, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 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.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 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.”

Jesus Before Pilate

11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

The Crowd Chooses Barabbas

15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

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Tetelestai – It. Is. Finished.

Today marks the darkest day in human history. Just days ago we experienced a parade of shouts for “Hosanna in the highest!” Now, those same people have condemned “Hosanna in the Highest” to the cross.

How can today (Good Friday) be ‘good’? What is good about death? Put yourself in the shoes of the disciples. See your Lord and Savior mocked, beaten, and nailed to a cross while soldiers callously divide his garments.

Consider this scene from Jesus’ perspective—“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?). The world is against you, and you have even been cut off from the fellowship of God Himself. You are alone, beaten, mocked, and crucified for no wrongdoing. How can this be ‘good’?

As we read and reflect on this day with painful remembrance, we must ask ourselves: Who do I say that Jesus is? 

Not who he is to your parents, not who he is to your church family, not who he is to your pastor. Who is Jesus to you?

On this dark day, do you believe that Jesus is who he says he is? When hope feels lost, when everything seems out of control, when you feel alone, forsaken, or far from God, where do you place your trust? Your hope?

In a day destined for despair, God turned it into deliverance.

Never before or since has more been lost and gained at the same time than at Jesus’ crucifixion. That cross was the reason the Son of God came, and his place as our atoning sacrifice was one only he could occupy. It was Jesus’ presence on the cross, not his ability to come down from it, that would prove his divinity. 

We see in our text today that Matthew’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion vividly depicts the fulfillment of prophecy and the depth of Christ’s love. Like the sacrificial lambs of old, Jesus is led to the slaughter, bearing the weight of our transgressions upon his shoulders. He willingly submits to the agony of the cross, his hands and feet pierced for our redemption—the true Lamb of God. Good Friday invites us to reflect on the sacrificial love of our Savior, the Lamb of God. Through His death on the cross, Jesus becomes the ultimate atonement for our sins, reconciling us to God and offering the gift of eternal life. May this day be a solemn reminder of the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice and the immeasurable depth of his love for us. What joy we may have today in Jesus. Tetelestai, it is finished!

Who is Jesus? What has Jesus delivered you from? How can you show that with your life?

25 thoughts on “Day Six | Holy Week 2024

  1. We call today Good Friday to commemorate the day Jesus hung on the cross and died for our sins. It was a bad day for Jesus but a good day for us. His death meant we could be saved from our sins and live for eternity. The one thing that has always struck me about that day is when the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom. The veil was so thick no man could tear it like it did that day. Perhaps this symbolized God’s grief over the blasphemy that occurred that day to Jesus. When blasphemy occurred , the high priest would tear his robe from top to bottom in disgust and grief over hearing God’s Name blasphemed. Could it be that God was tearing His robe from top to bottom the same way? We know that when that happened we were able to have fellowship with God through the death of His Son. Hallelujah what a Savior!

    1. Thank you Jesus for paying the debt we deserved but couldn’t pay it on our, you are the way, the truth and life.

  2. Jesus is my source of life, the agent to my freedom and the deliverer that I desperately needed. When my life was full of darkness, bound by sin and empty of all hope and joy, Christ revealed Himself to me and rescued me from my end. I tend to sound like a broken record because I say this a lot: my response to what He’s done for me is a life completely surrendered to Him. He gave EVERYTHING to me and FOR me so that I could have an abundant life and my spirit can’t help but respond in kind. My life as an offering will never match His (and it was never meant to) but out of obedience and gratitude, I choose to steward the freedom He’s given me by living out the verse ”So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.“ ‭‭(John‬ ‭8‬:‭36‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

  3. Beautiful message with the perfect song choice…reminder how Holy is today! Praise be to Him!

  4. Praise the lord for the sacrifice of Jesus. He took our sins and placed them in the death of the sea and as far as the east is from the west. We will never totally understand what the lord did for us, but believe and the power of the lord will be upon us.

    1. Jesus, THANK YOU for the sacrifice of humiliation and pain on that cross for me.
      My tears this morning are tears of sadness and joy. 😢 🙌 THANK YOU JESUS! THANK YOU JESUS for bearing that cross for me.🙏❣️🙏
      Amen and Amen 🙏

  5. Jesus is my all and all!! I received a call last night that my niece overdosed and is in ICU with a poor prognosis. Because my God is merciful and has been afflicted as I am afflicted, I can give my niece into His hands and rest in the knowledge of His faithfulness and love! How great if our salvation!

  6. “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

    1. Thank you Jesus for giving your life for us, even though we are not perfect, we are still saved by your love for us and your grace ✝️!


    Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe.
    Sin had left a crimson stain.
    He washed it white as snow.

  8. Pilots question should resonate with all of us every day. “What then shall I do with Jesus”! We are faced with that question every day. What we do with Jesus every day is the key to abundant living!! That’s what John 10:10 means.

  9. Because of my sin, Jesus was separated from His Father. Because of Jesus, I never have to be separated from My Father. Wonders of wonders. Praise Jesus for taking my place.

  10. How frightening is the statement….His blood be on us and on our children!
    They had no idea what they were saying.
    Thank you, Jesus, for Your gift of salvation!

  11. Jesus gave His ALL for us!! As Believers we need to be INTENTIONAL in giving Him our ALL!!
    —ALL our Thanks
    —ALL our Pains
    —ALL our Confusion
    —ALL our “Help Me”
    —Jesus I give You my ALL 🙏🏾❤️

  12. Who is Jesus to me? Jesus is my provider, my source, my friend, someone who I can truly confide in with all my hopes, worries, feelings, anxiety. Jesus has sacrificed his life so that we could live. He went through humiliation from people who didn’t believe in what he has done. I love Jesus with all of my heart because he truly understands us and what we have to go through day to day. He’s able to help us, he’s here with us everyday, he talks to us, he saved us, there are so many things that Jesus has done for us and is still doing to this day and that’s why today is Good Friday. He was crucified and was able to rise again after 3 days to be here with all of us here on earth.

  13. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice for me! You are my Lord and Savior. I pray today that I can represent you well and share the good news that you came and died for our sins. You are the fulfillment of all OT prophecy. 🙏🏾❤️

  14. I piggyback off Durrell’s comment in my own version; “If the SON therefore shall set me free. I am free indeed.” And I also like what Gary said; It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming. Because of JESUS’ finished work on the cross, I now have access into the Presence of our HOLY GOD. No other sacrifice is needed. JESUS paid it all. Truly as JESUS declared; “IT IS FINISHED” Tetelastai.

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