Re: Verse reading–Matthew 26:47-50, 57-66; 27:11-26 (day one)
A COMEDY of errors. That is what we call it. Narrative work. Usually a play. One mistake leads to another and another. Absurd. Hilarious.
Our reading this week is a TRAGEDY of errors. Many people rejecting, refusing loyalty to Christ and for many different reasons. Caiaphas from envy. Judas from his love of money. Pilate from political expediency. Different motivations. Same decision. Jesus is betrayed and rejected and condemned to die.
“God. . .has glorified His Servant, Jesus, the One whom you. . . disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you.”–Acts 3:13-14.
Did the participants, that day so long ago, think they were doing right, acting appropriately? Did they have reasons for their actions? Yes, probably. (Don’t we?) But, for all of their excuses and self-justifications they were still morally and eternally wrong!