are you easily going to be manipulated by the enemy, in order that you do not what is pleasing to God? But what is in fulfillment of the desires of the devil? You see, when ever someone makes a decision, what is in my best interests, I want to hold on to things of this world. I want to keep my status in society. Whenever we think that way, we will easily be manipulated by the devil. And the good example of that is Pontius Pilate. Pontius Pilate knew that you’re sure I’m speaking about Jesus of Nazareth, that he was a righteous man. We saw last week that his helpmate his wife, she had a dream. And she knew that this dream was not just some ordinary dream. This dream tormented her, she confessed, and she sent word to her husband, do not have anything to do. And what did she call your show with this righteous one? So Pontius Pilate, he was confronted with the fact that you sure was righteous. The text says that he knew that it was because of jealousy or envy, that they were bringing him to Pontius Pilate. And even though Pontius Pilate knew the right thing to do, was to set him free. And he wanted to do that, and he had the power to do that. But in order to keep his position, and the status and the benefits that went along with it from this world, Pontius Pilate made a horrible decision, one that he will regret for all of eternity. So if you don’t want to make poor decisions, if you don’t want to be manipulated by the enemy, if you don’t want to be a servant of Satan, then realize you need to respond, obey, submit to the revelation of God’s word, being led by the Spirit and making God pleasing decisions. Whenever we seek to please self, we will be serving the enemy, and be doing those things which will eventually bring shame to us. Well, with that said, to get your Bible and look with me to the book of Matthew, and chapter 27, the book of Matthew in chapter 27. Now, in this section, we’ve seen something, we seen that your shoe has been sent bound, as though he is a dangerous criminal. He has been sent bound to the Roman authority, and ultimately that Roman authority in Jerusalem, is that governor that we all know Pontius Pilate, Pontius Pilate, he was doubted for many centuries as being a real person. The fact that nothing was ever found concerning Pontius Pilate, by any of the archaeologists caused individuals to doubt the authority, the accuracy of the Word of God, but in a place called Syria, they found a plaque that says that Pontius Pilate did indeed exists, that he dedicated a building intercessory and it had that inscription that included his theme upon it. So there’s no question now, we should never have had a question because this book is full of truth. This book is perfectly accurate. It is historically correct. And sometimes it just takes the historians the archaeologists time to catch up with the biblical truth. So Pontius Pilate, he existed he was that governor, he was serving under the the influence of the Romans in Israel and Therefore, he had to make a decision. And we saw last week, he made that decision. First in another gospel, we read that he had your shoe flogged, that is beaten in a very barbaric, a very torturous way, in order to encourage the the leadership of the Jewish people to end this matter at that time that such a punishment was sufficient. But that didn’t sway those leaders. They wanted to use crucifixion, your shoes crucifixion, as a way to discourage anyone as a deterrent, that anyone would follow after Messiah and believed his words and would follow in obedience to what the Word of God revealed. So let’s pick up Matthew chapter seven, we see that Pontius Pilate has given the command that you should be crucified. And therefore we read in chapter 27, verse 27, then the soldiers of the governor, now the ones who arrested your shoe, who transferred him from the hands of the Sanhedrin, to Pontius Pilate, in the Roman authorities, they were the soldiers that were under the authority of the high priests, at that time, a man by the name of chi fuss. But now, because your shoe has been turned over to the Roman authorities, we have a different term being used. And these soldiers as verse 27, says, look, again, then the soldiers of the governor, these were the direct soldiers that were under the command of Pontius Pilate. And it says that that after taking your sure, into judgment hall, so now he’s no longer before the Sanhedrin, he is no longer at the compound of Caiaphas, the high priests, he is at a place for judgment. And that judgment is known as judgment hall, the prac torium. And what we see here is these there, and what’s going to happen? Well keep reading, we see that the whole battalion or or guard now this is a word that speaks about a group of soldiers. Many times some of the old English translations will use the phrase cohort, but it simply means a battalion, a group of soldiers that are assigned for a specific tasks, one that had been been put forth for a purpose. So we read here, that it was this this battalion that had gathered concerning him for this purpose. And what did they do? Well, notice, not only were they going to crucify him, but this is most significant, we’re going to see how they wanted to shame him, make him an object of ridicu. And that’s what’s going to happen. It shows the world’s total inability and unwillingness to acknowledge you sure, as the Son of God, it is to emphasize to the reader how the world has rejected him. Let me ask you a question. What about you? Are you rejecting him and listen to this carefully, if you are not submitting to his words of instruction, and not just talking about his words of instruction in the gospels, or what the apostles said, but all of God’s revelation, because He is God. And when you reject, ignore, do not obey the words of Scripture, you are heading for eternal shame. And that judgment is never going to come to an end. There is nothing more serious, more important to you, whether you realize it or not, than the Word of God and receiving that word, submitting to that word, implementing that word into your life, applying it to every decision that you make. The problem is Pontius Pilate, he didn’t care about God. He didn’t care about truth. He didn’t care about justice for one who was righteous. What did he care about his own position in the world, what he could get from this world? And sadly, that describes me Many people, they are out for themselves, they make decisions that they think serve their own personal, personal interests. And when you do that, the outcome is going to be disastrous, if not in this world, certainly in the age to come. When you go and stand before God, remember what the Scripture says, It is appointed unto man that is all humanity, male and female, like it is appointed for you, and for me to die once. And after that, there’s going to be the judgment. Are you prepared for that judgment? Pontius Pilate and the way that he was thinking, the decisions that he was making, we see that it will lead they lead to a disastrous future for him, not just for a season, but for all eternity. So this battalion of soldiers, look at verse 28. We read that that they removed they they took off, and the implication is they undressed him, and they placed upon him a scarlet robe. Now, usually Scarlet, is thought of in Isaiah chapter one is the proof text for this, we see that there’s a connection between Scarlet and sin. And when they place that scarlet robe upon him, we should learn something theologically. And what is that? The Bible says that that Yeshua, Jesus Christ, never, ever, ever sin. This Righteous One was without sin. But the scripture says, on your behalf, my behalf the behalf of all humanity, He became sin for us. What does that mean? That God, he placed upon him the sins of the world, He who knew no sin, never sinned, but He became sin, all the sins of the world were placed upon him, and he suffered the consequence of sin. And what is that? It is death. So he died. And this is to show us when this garment and garments have to do with works, deeds, behaviors, Scarlet sin, so all the sins of the world were placed upon Him, they place upon him, the scarlet scarlet robe, look down to verse 29. And they twisted a crown from thorns, and they said it upon his head, and a read upon his right hand. And what did they do? Well, the Scripture says, and here’s part of this, ridiculing this mocking this shaming, this total rejection of the Son of God, it says that they would would bow the knee before him. And then what did they do? Well, we find here that they mocked him saying hail and this term hail is a term of praise. It’s a term of of lauding praise upon someone placing honor to someone but they weren’t serious. They did it, as the scripture says, in a mocking in a ridiculing way, in order to shame him publicly, to not see him, if any significance whatsoever. So let me ask you this question. Do you see him as significant in your life and not just with some significance, but with absolute significance, that He is your Lord and your God? He if you’ve accepted what he did when he died upon that cross, when He suffered and shed his blood? Do you see that? Have you accepted that as the the sin, the payment for sin, as the means of your forgiveness, as God’s grace being poured out in your behalf? I promise you this, that if you scoff at that, if you ridicule that, if you mock, that, if you ignore it, if you do not see the significance of it, you will for eternity, regret it. And there’s nothing in between meaning this, you are either going to be as we’ve said so much in the kingdom of God, having been forgiven by the grace of God, because of just what we’re talking about now, at this time. What he did for you when he died upon that cross, when He shed His blood as eternal redemption, blood in the Scripture is for the remission of sin, the removal of that. If you don’t accept it, you won’t have that forgiveness. This, you will be in a covenant relationship with God, and you will be rejected eternally by God. Again, there is nothing more serious than this. So we read here in the Scripture, that they were mocking Him by bowing their knee before him, and St. prays, the King of the Jews will he is the king of the Jews, meaning his Messiah, and one ought to be praising him. But they were not serious. Look now to verse 30. What else did they do? They were spitting upon him. And they took the REIT, and they were beating him on his head. And when they finished mocking him, what did they do? It says, they they removed from him, this this robe, this garment, and they dressed him, and the implication is they dressed him once again, with his own garments, and they led him away, to be crucified. Now, did they have to do these things, mocking him, spitting upon him taking that read, and beating him over the head? They did not. And remember, he had just been flogged, what is that? That is taking a type of, of whip that has many, many different cords in in those cords of leather, they have bone and glass and metal and such in these, these strips of leather. And therefore when they would beat ones back, those things would would enter into the skin. And as those leather straps moved across the body, it would open up the flesh. And they did that one beating after another beating after another beating to the point that we see in another gospel, that he was not even recognizable. We remember what Pontius Pilate said when he came out in this judgment hall, when he said, Behold the man Why did he say that? Because his face from being beaten not by flogging, but perhaps what we saw from the Sanhedrin when their soldiers were beating him upon the face, but he was in so much pain he had suffered such a beating, that the the image of His face was different. He was an recognizable because of the intense pain and punishment that he went through. And why did he go through such punishment for you, and for me, in order to obtain for us redemption, in order that His blood that was spilled, would be for our redemption, that we could find that forgiveness that remission, that removal of sin, and enter into any eternal relationship, a covenant or relationship with God. This is what he went through. But now after such pain and suffering, going through a horrid beating barbaric, what happened? They let him out to be crucified. Look down to verse 32.
And the party, they found a man, now this was a man, and it says here, Quran iOS, which is a city in Libya. So there was this man, we’re going to be told in a moment that his name is Shimon, what does that mean names are important in the Scripture. And the name Shimon means here, and not just to hear something, but here for the purpose of responding. Meaning this here is information that you need to perceive, understand, deal with process and then respond to it. So this man, not just by chance, his name is Shimon, it’s for you, it to tell the reader that you need to hear process and respond to it. So they found a man from from Libya, this city named Shimon and they compelled him in order that he would lift up now most Bibles will say carry and that’s fine, but literally, the word lift up, here’s what you need to see your shoe it was so weak from that BD that he was not able to bear. This this wooden piece that would be used to crucify him to carry him that is he would carry it to the place where They were going to crucify him and nail his hands and nail his anchors to ankles to the wood, in order that they would crucify him, he couldn’t do it. So they compel this man, Shimon, and ordered that he should lift up his cross verse 33. And having come to the place called Golgotha. Now, Golgotha is is similar to a Hebrew word, that means skull and we see that it’s called Golgotha, which is called and now it’s called in the, the Greek language by the word which means skull because that’s what Gogol it in Hebrew Golgotha, in Aramaic means the place of the skull. Now, this also has significance. And there’s two reasons perhaps why it’s called by this name, if you’ve been there, you can see that the the place, and the Romans would always crucify in a public location. This is at an intersection, even today, roads in the ancient times were put there, because of a reason it made sense, people would travel there, and therefore were roads come together was a most public place. And the Romans would want to crucify in a very visible way to, as I said earlier, to deter discouraged people from crossing them, if you disobey this is what’s going to happen to you. And so some would say, the mountain there looks as a skull. And that’s true, been there many times seen that you can go there, they have a picture from how it looked in the 19th century, where it resembled more the appearance of a skull. So that could be one reasons why it’s called Golgotha. Another reason is, because many people were crucified there, it was a place of death. And perhaps there is numerous skulls scattered about bones from those who had died. And this was for the purpose of shaming. So again, some of the good theologians, they point out that they took him to a place that was not just public, but was a place where individuals, obviously Jewish people who were crucified there, and they would not have a proper burial. And the remains was just there. That is a shameful, contemptible way. And this is what the Romans wanted to confer, you won’t have a proper burial, you will be shamed. They want to shame people. So your shows brought to this place, the place of the skull, verse 34.
Now because they were going to crucify Him, and remember what I said, to nail his hands, to that wood, and to take a larger must mare that is the Hebrew word for a large nail, and derive it through his ankles, in a very, very painful location, I mean, any place that you would put a nail through the body would be painful. But this location, has many nerves very sensitive. And the reason why they did that is this, when one was crucified, in order to breathe, they would have to push up with their feet from that that would. And that was very painful, because of all the nerves that were there that that that nail went through. And therefore they specifically did that. And because of the pain, they would do something, the soldiers wanted not to wrestle with someone to get them nailed to the tree. So they had a methodology, they would give one a drink. And here it says, they gave to him, wine to drink, mix with goal. And this goal was a type of of sedative, it would make the person moderately unconscious for a moment while they could drive those nails through through the flesh. But notice what it says here. And when he had tasted, he did not would not drink and what’s the message there? He was not going to lessen his pain. He submitted totally to this crucifixion. Why? Because he was sent into the world to die, to give his life as a ransom for sin in order to set us free to pay our sin debt so that we could be forgiven. And therefore he did not in any way less than what he was going through. He would not drink and after crucifying Him, they divided his garments. Now this says something about those soldiers, that they were so concerned with money that they were arguing, contending about his garments. Because usually in order to once more shame someone, they would do so with that person being being absolutely nude, and therefore they wanted everything they could get. And they divided his garments. And notice what it says. They also cast the lot. Now all of this was done historically, accurately. They did this, it’s accurately recorded here. Why? We’ll look at verse, verse 35. It was done, why? They divided his garments literally, it says, my garments among themselves. And for my garments, they cast it a lot. Now, that is a quotation from the book of Psalms, if you read this, it says, an order that would be fulfilled the word by the prophet, what Prophet Well, sums contain prophecy in them. So as the writer of Psalm, what Psalm, we’re talking about Psalm 22. If you read this, you find that Psalm 22 is one of the major messianic Psalms, that is that contained messianic prophecy. And therefore, this is another great example of how everything I want to say that again, how everything that he did everything about his life, he came here for one purpose, and that was to fulfill scripture. And we see this in every detail. Look, again, we read, they divided his his garments. Why? In order to fulfill the word by the prophet, what was that word by the prophecy of Psalm 22 And verse 19. In the Hebrew text, if you’re following English or some other language, it will be verse 18. Word says just that, that they divided his garments. And for them, they cast it lot, why they want everything from the world, here’s what I want to close with. You are either going to be one of two types of people, you are either going to want the things of this world, if so you will be led and manipulated by the enemy to shame and judgment, eternal judgment or you are going to want the promises of God and therefore be faithful to the Scripture. So how are you going to answer that question?
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