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Notes on Matthew 26:63-27:12

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Matthew 26:63

The Christ, the Son of God. This central description of Jesus as the Messiah (Christ) and the Son of God is what was rightly said of Jesus at crucial points throughout the story, including Jesus' baptism (Matt. 3:17), his temptation (Matt. 4:1-11), Peter's confession (Matt. 16:16), Jesus' transfiguration (Matt. 17:5), and at his death on the cross (Matt. 27:54). Even though the high priest does not believe Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God, he recognized that this is the most important question about Jesus.

Matthew 26:64

Son of Man. This title was how Jesus referred to himself regularly (Matt. 8:20; 9:6; 16:13; 20:28; 24:27, 30). It comes from Dan. 7:13-14 where a divine being is in heaven in submission to God and also ruling over all the world, the perfect description of who Jesus is.

Matthew 26:65

Tore his clothes. Tearing one's clothes was a sign of great distress or anger. The high priest rightly perceived the height of Jesus' claim, but incorrectly accuses him of blasphemy (cf. Matt. 9:3).

Peter Denies Jesus - Matthew 26:69-75

Simon Peter, the leader of Jesus' disciples, was a man of whole-hearted faith, but fear and self-protection made him deny his connection with Jesus. This all happened as Jesus predicted it would (Matt. 26:21-23; cf. Luke 22:31). The story of Peter's forgiveness and full restoration by Jesus is found in John 21:15-19. See WCF 11.5, 17.3, 18.4; WLC 195.

Matthew 26:75

Wept bitterly. Peter genuinely regretted and repented of his failure. Peter's repentance was different from Judas' remorse that does not lead him back to Jesus (Matt. 27:3-5).

Matthew 27:1

Plotted against Jesus to put him to death. Starting in Matt. 12:14, the Jewish leaders have been plotting to kill Jesus. Even though they believed Jesus to be a blasphemer, under Roman rule they did not have the authority to put anyone to death. Instead, they needed to get Jesus in trouble with the Roman Empire authorities. This was why they took him to Pilate (Matt. 27:2).

Matthew 27:2

Pilate the governor. In Jesus' day the Jewish people and Palestine were ruled by the Roman Empire. Pontius Pilate was the Roman-appointed governor in charge of the Jewish area.

Judas' Remorse - Matthew 27:3-10

Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus' original twelve disciples (Matt. 10:4) and was the one who betrayed Jesus to the Jewish leaders (Matt. 26:14-16). After Jesus was handed over to Pilate, Judas regretted what he had done, recognizing that Jesus was innocent and that he was going to be killed. Rather than repenting and returning to Jesus like Peter and the other disciples did (Matt. 26:75, 27:16), Judas killed himself. This showed a remorse but not a true repentance.

Matthew 27:11

King of the Jews. Pilate, the Roman governor, asked Jesus if he was the king of the Jews. Pilate was mocking Jesus by asking this but Jesus affirms that it is true. The Jewish leaders will also mock Jesus with this statement (Matt. 27:42). This claim will become the charge of treason against the Roman Empire that is put above Jesus' head when he was crucified (Matt. 27:37).

Matthew 27:12

He answered nothing. Jesus was unwilling to respond to the false accusations of the chief priest and elders but he affirmed to Pilate that he was the true king (Matt. 26:63; 27:14).

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