Matthew 27: 1-14 - Ray Bentley
When Jesus was handed over to Pontius Pilate, His trial was illegal, according to Jewish law. Only when Jesus confessed to being the Messiah and God’s Son did they discover a way to destroy Him. The Jews did not have the authority to exercise capital punishment, so they sent the prisoner to Pilate. As Judas watched Jesus being carried away to Pilate, the enormity of his betrayal began to dawn on him as he realized they did indeed intend to kill Him. He had remorse, but there is an important difference between remorse and repentance. Instead of looking to Jesus for forgiveness and trusting in His atoning death, Judas’ perverted mind may have led him to believe that by dying he could somehow pay for his own sin. Jesus Christ makes a claim on every human heart, and every heart must decide what to do with Him. Jesus was accused of blasphemy. As these wild allegations were hurled against Jesus, “He answered him not one word.” Pilate was amazed that Jesus didn’t defend Himself. Jesus didn’t need to. He was doing the will of the Father.