Re: Verse reading–Matthew 27:32-54 (day one)
I am amazed and saddened by the behavior of the chief priests on the day of the crucifixion. To come to Golgotha was an extra trip. For what? To ridicule a dying man? Give it a rest!
They had good information. “He saved others” they said in v 42. “He trusts in God” they reported in v 43. Accurate summary of Christ’s life and ministry. But crucifixion was reserved for the worst criminals–designed to make death as painful and prolonged as possible. Why couldn’t they see the injustice?
Common problem for religious people. Right facts (about God). Wrong heart (toward God). Correct info. Unsurrendered ego. Like Jonah who knew about God, even obeyed Him, but his heart never changed, these lost and foolish men knew about Christ, but never come to faith and salvation.
“The word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard it.”–Hebrews 4:2