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Hurt So Good | Matthew 27

What they meant for evil, God meant for good

This week, we continue our study of Matthew 27. Let’s dig in!

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The crucifixion is terrible to read.  The whole thing actually, from beginning to end.  All the events that took place…unsettling. I don’t want Jesus to have suffered.  The anger I feel when I think of those priests and teachers and elders.  The lies they told.  Their blood lust.  They were supposed to be the ones you could trust.  Goodness and morality were key parts of their job.  Yet they were the crowd that shouted to crucify.  If only things had been different.  If only Pilate had refused. But here’s the thing.  It had to be this way.  Jesus came to do one thing.  And this was it.  It all had to happen.  Each piece was crucial.  This timing was everything.  None of it was by chance.  No coincidences. 

Jesus had to die.

Otherwise, we would. 

This was the only way to defeat death.  The only way to bring salvation to sinners.

“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd.  ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood’, he said.  ‘It is your responsibility!’

All the people answered, ‘Let his blood be on us and on our children!’”  Matthew 27:24-25

Boy was it.  I think this was the decline of the nation of Israel.  In forty years the temple would be gone.  The Jews would be scattered even more than they already were.  They have not known peace…or at least any long periods of it.  But also, yep the blood covers them, too.  That blood is salvation.  Thiers, ours, everyone’s.  If we only receive it. 

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook and the rocks split.” Matthew 27:50-51

It was hard to miss when it was finished.  The first sign of what Christ had done, making God accessible to us.  He tore the veil.  No more separation because of the redeeming, atoning, once for all blood of Jesus. 

And that was the whole point. 

What they meant for evil, God meant for good.

In case you missed it check out this episode on Joseph.

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