NTB-1-MATT-8 - Matthew: The King on the Cross
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“Matthew: Lesson 8”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
As Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper with His disciples at the
Passover, Jesus took that fruit of the vine, and He said these words in
Matthew 26:28 “This is my blood of the new covenant shed for many for the
forgiveness of sins.”
We welcome you today to our final lesson in the life and teaching of
Jesus from the gospel of Matthew. Today we're going be studying that
powerful section of Christ going up to the cross and dying for us in Matthew
26 through 28.
We hope that if you haven't got your Bible handy that you'll go ahead
and do that right now, so that we can search the Scriptures together and be
impacted by what Jesus did for each one of us.
As we open to Matthew 26 we see the plot began to unfold to sellout
the Lord and ultimately point Him toward and push Him toward the cross.
Matthew 26:1-14 we have several events that are going to happen. The
Jewish leaders are now going to come to Judas, and they're going to offer
him certain amount of money, 30 pieces of silver, set up a plot to tempt
Jesus. Judas is going to agree to that, and he eventually is going to sellout
the Lord for that little amount of money- which he's eventually going to
One of the first lessons we see in the opening pages of Matthew 26 is
this, don't be like Judas and sellout the Lord. You may say, ‘What do you
mean? I don't have the opportunity to sellout the Lord. He’s already been
sold out, and He died and has gone back to heaven.’
In a figurative sense, can't each one of us if we're not careful sellout
the Lord today? You say ‘what do you mean by that?’ If we put things
before God: greed, worldliness, sin, pleasure, false, religion and false
ideas, family, friends-have we not in essence sold-out the Lord for
We need to make sure that in this life we don't commit the sin that
Judas committed. That is he was willing to put money and greed in the
place of the Savior, and Jesus took a backseat to his own personal interest
and ideas at that time.
Now another lesson that we're going to learn in Matthew 26, as Jesus
knows the things that are about to happen and He realizes that His how
hour has actually come in preparation for that, Jesus is going to spend time
in prayer with the Father. He's going to take His disciples into the garden of
Gethsemane. They're going to stay and wait. Jesus says “Watch and pray
lest you fall in temptation.” He's going to go away and pray. The Bible will
teach us that He's in great agony.
One of the things that we really learn from this, really two lessons, we
learn about the power of prayer. You know Jesus was the Son of God. He
was God in the flesh, but He knew how important it was to communicate
with the Father- especially in these times of great anguish.
Friend from the life of Jesus here and His teaching, we learn also
about the power of prayer. Luke 18:1 Jesus said, “Men ought always to
pray and never lose heart.” Don't get discouraged. Don't give up. Do like
Jesus and turn to God in prayer. Remember the words of Hebrews 4:16,
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we might find
grace and mercy to help in time of need.” It was Peter who said in 1 Peter
5:7 “Cast all your cares upon Him.” Why? “He cares for you.”
Then there's a second, and it's a very powerful lesson, that we learn
from the life of Jesus about submission to God's will. Notice the words of
Matthew chapter 26, and I want you to look with me in verse number 39.
The Bible says “He went a little further,” that is Jesus “and fell on His face
and prayed saying, ‘Oh my Father, if it's possible let this cup pass from me
nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.’”
Jesus no doubt knew and saw He was aware of the agony that was
about to happen. He realized that His human life was going to be snuffed
out. The human side ‘if there were any other way let this cup pass from
me,’ it was His anguish and His desire no doubt in the impending up agony
that He would face. Then you hear these words, ‘Not my will but thine be
As we think about the things that often fight face us in this life, as I
think about the struggles I have, as I think about the decisions I've got to
make, as we think about the constant fight with sin, and sometimes the
things that occur in this life, what needs to kind of override everything we
do? Let me illustrate it from another passage. James 4:13-17 is a context
that is directly relative to what we're thinking about today. Certain man or
certain people are going to take part in the business venture, they say to
themselves ‘We'll go to this place for year. We'll buy. We'll sell. We'll make
much gain.’ It wasn't a problem with any of that necessarily, but there was
a problem. James says “Instead you ought to say ‘If the Lord wills, we'll do
this or we'll do that, we'll buy and sell, and make much gain.’” Thus James
will say in James 4:17 “For him that knows to do good and does not do it to
him it is a sin.” Putting God's will above every action and above every
decision has to be the overriding banner of my life. That statement ‘Not my
will but thine be done,’ has to encompass and control everything that I do in
I want to make sure that in being submissive to God that we're
submitting to the teaching of Christ as it relates to letting God control and
govern our life.
Now as we think about Matthew chapter 26 there's another very
powerful and practical lesson that we learn in this text, and it's about the
apostle Peter. I want you to look in Matthew 26:69-75. Notice what the text
teaches us here. The Bible says, now as this is after Jesus has been taken.
He's being questioned. Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard and a
servant girl came to him saying ‘You also were with Jesus of Galilee.’ But
he denied it before them all saying, ‘I do not know what you're saying.’
When he'd gone out to the gateway another girl saw him and said, ‘To
those who were there this fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.’ But
again, he denied with an oath ‘I do not know the man.’ A little later those
who stood by came up and said to Peter ‘Surely you also were one of them
for your speech betrays you.’ Now watch this, “Then Peter began to curse
and to swear saying, ‘I do not know the man.’ Immediately a rooster
crowed, and Peter remembered the words of Jesus who had said to him
‘Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.’ So he went out and
As we think about what happened to Peter here, the relationship
between Peter and Jesus, as Peter is you know sometimes striving to step
up and take a leadership position Peter here is challenged with his
commitment to Christ. How strong was Peter's commitment to Jesus at this
point? Not as strong as it needed to be. How do we know that? Peter had
already said ‘Lord if I have to die for your name, I'll go with you.’ “No, Peter
you're not ready yet.” ‘You were with him weren't you?’ ‘Oh no! Not me!’
‘You sound like him surely.’ ‘Oh no! No, I don't even know the man.’ And
then you imagine this in your mind? Peter begins to curse and swear. Can
you imagine the apostle Peter cursing? Curse and swear ‘I don't even know
who you are talking about. I don't even know the man.’ Then the echo of
that rooster crowing in Peter's ear, and he went out and wept bitterly.
What did Peter have to learn? His commitment wasn't quite what he
thought it was. There were areas he needed to develop and grow in to
really make the commitment to Christ that he should have. I believe this is
a big part of why Peter will say in 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes desire the
pure milk of the word that you may grow bear thereby.” In 2 Peter 3:18
“Grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
When everything's going good, life is going so smooth; it's easy to commit
to Christ. It's when the difficulties come, it's when confrontation arises, it's
when our life might be on the line that we really have to ask ourself- how
committed am I really to following Jesus? Like Peter, are there some areas
that I definitely need to grow in to make my commitment stronger?
We then turn our attention to a statement in Matthew 27:2. I want you
to notice this statement. The Bible simply says ‘When they come to Jesus
to take Him, and when they had bound Him, they led Him away and
delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.’ Mark 15 then tells us they
bound the hands of Jesus. Here we've got people, promoted by Judas in
his kissing Jesus and denying the Lord as well, who are willing to take
Jesus and bind Him. They bound the hands of the Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. Could He have broken those bonds? Absolutely! Could He have
called down a Legion? Absolutely!
Jesus willingly allowed himself to be bound by evil men. Now friend I
want to make a practical application to this. They bound the hands of Jesus
physically there to take Him ultimately to try Him and to crucify Him, but
figuratively do we not sometimes bind the hands of Jesus today? Do we not
limit what Jesus can do by binding His ability?
Friend when we're not as evangelistic as we ought to be, are we not
binding the hands of Jesus? When we don't give to the local congregation,
like the Bible teaches we ought to give on the first day the week, aren't we
binding the hands of Jesus? When we don't study and we don't pray, when
we're not as benevolent and as helpful, and we don't love God like we
ought to- aren't we binding the hands of Jesus figuratively today and not
letting His full power and His will take place in our life?
Now as we think through the rest of today's lesson, we just simply
want to focus on what the Lord and Savior did for me and what He did for
you in going to the cross and dying. While we think about these passages, I
want you to keep this in mind the Bible says Jesus “tasted death for every
man,” Hebrews 2:9. If for every man for this man and for you as well, Jesus
did the things we're about to notice so that I could have the hope of eternal
life and so that you can have the hope of her life.
Listen to the personal nature of 1 Peter 2:24 “He, Himself bore our
sins in His own body upon the tree that we having died to sin might live for
righteousness by whose stripes we were healed.” Well what exactly did
Jesus do? Let's turn our attention to Matthew 27:15-21. Jesus so that I can
have the hope of eternal life, He took the place of a common criminal.
Matthew 27, look at verse 15. The Bible says, “Now at the feast of the
governor at the feast of the governor it was a custom to release unto the
multitude one prisoner whom they wished, and at that time they had a
notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Therefore when they had gathered
together Pilate said to them ‘Who do you want me to release to you?
Barabbas or Jesus who was called the Christ?’ For he knew they had
handed Jesus over because of envy. While he was sitting on the judgment
seat his wife sent him saying ‘Have nothing to do with that just man, for I've
suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.’ But the chief
priests and the elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for
Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said to them
‘Which of the two do you want me to release to you?’ They said ‘Barabbas.’
Pilate said to them, ‘What then shall I do with Jesus who is called the
Christ?’ And they all said to him, ‘Let Him be crucified.’
A notorious criminal, we don't know exactly all the details, but when
you think of notorious you can imagine in your own mind a thief a murderer
or rapist a killer an extortioner. Jesus took the place of this common
criminal and that man was let free, able to live his life again in freedom.
Why did He do that? He committed no crimes of His own, 1 Peter 2:21. He
committed no sin, Hebrews 4:15. He took the place of that common
criminal for me and for you.
What else happened to Jesus? Our Lord and Savior is now going to
be scourged, and the Bible doesn't say a whole lot about it. But listen to the
words of Matthew 27:26. The Scripture says “Then Pilate release Barabbas
to them, and when he had scourged Jesus he delivered Him to be
What exactly is a scourging? A scourge is basically a whipping a very
abusive and tormenting whipping us- something like a bullwhip- except it's
got more tails on it, is used it's usually held in the hand not a long ribbon
held in the hand it contains leather strips multiple leather strips coming
down it. History reveals from evidence they found in archaeology that many
of these whips had sharp pieces of bone or glass or metal embedded into
the end of that whip, and then that that person's back would be made very
tight. Maybe sometimes they would hang them and tighten their back from
the ceiling. Other times that would take them and wrap them around the
pole where the muscles and the skin on their back are as tight as you can
make it, and then they would bring that whip over and over again across
the back of that common criminal.
Jesus was beaten with that scourging whip, with the metal, with the
bone, with the glass embedded in it. Over and over again they raked it
across the back of Jesus. Why? He was beaten for our transgression. The
chastisement of our peace was upon Him, Isaiah 53:4. Every stripe that
was laid on the back of Jesus, I deserved and you deserved because of our
sin, and yet Jesus lovingly did that for me and you.
Friend I’ll promise you nobody's ever loved you like Jesus loved you.
Watch what happens next. Matthew 27:29 the Scripture then says
“When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and a
reed in His right hand. They bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him
saying ‘Hail King of the Jews.’”
Let's talk about this crown of thorns. Maybe you've seen vines or
branches like this in your area. Maybe like a honey locust tree you've got
these really long thorns on vines. We're not talking about just up a little
thorn. We're talking about these long thorns. They made a crown out of
that. They twisted all that together, put a crown with those long thorns on
Now how gently do you think they placed that on the Lord's head?
Well already mocking Him. They're going to spit on Him. They're going to
make fun of Him. They're trying to inflict the maximum amount of pain they
can on Jesus. As they take that crown of thorns, imagine as the thorns
press in to the head of Jesus. They then they then according Matthew
27:30, they will bow the knee. They will mock Jesus ‘Hail King of the Jews.’
And then the Bible says “They spit on the Lord and Savior.”
Not only is Jesus already in humongous or a major amount of agony
and pain because of the scourging, not only are the thorns piercing into His
brow, now His own creation, who He came to save spits in His face. Can
you imagine how degrading and humiliating? Have you ever had anybody
spit on you? Can you imagine how horrible of a feeling that? Not only, you
know somebody might spit on you and you might deserve it. I don't know
for sure, but maybe.
Not Jesus! The very people He came to save from the worst problem
ever- their sin and an eternal torment-spit in the face of Jesus.
Then they take that reed that they're going to give Jesus as a kingly
staff to mock Him. They take that reed and they beat Him on the head with
it. Now imagine already Jesus has this crown of thorns on His head, they
take that reed and when they hit Jesus on the head with it- what happens
to all those thorns? They press further into the skull and the scalp of Jesus.
Imagine the pain and the agony that must've been for the Lord and Savior
Now as you follow the events that occurred in Matthew 27:31 they
then they then the Bible tells us, they put a purple robe on Jesus. Then
they take that robe off. Now I want you to stop right here and think about
If you've ever had a bad cut on yourself and you take and put a
Band-Aid on it that Band-Aid will stop that bleeding, and it will adhere to it.
But how much fun is it to take that Band-Aid off after everything is dried and
stuck to it? You take that Band-Aid off is like starting all over again.
The bloody back of Jesus that that robe adheres to the blood and the
back and it begins to dry it sticks to the skin, and then imagine as they rip
that robe off again- all the blood, all the pain, all the flesh is torn all over
Why? He did that for me and you. He tasted death for every man.
And then listen to the words of Matthew 27:35. The Bible then
records this “Then they crucified Him and divided His garments. Casting
lots that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets ‘they divided
my garments among them and for my clothing they cast lots.’
Friend this is one of the great things about the inspiration of the Bible.
Men would like to write volumes about the crucifixion. How long does it take
the Bible to tell us about that event? One sentence. “Then they crucified
Him.” Just four or five words.
What happened in the crucifixion? Men's the Bible tells us Psalm 22
and John last chapter in John will tell us Jesus had nail prints in His hands.
Psalm 22 prophesied that Jesus hands through the wrist bones that are
very strong would have been nailed to a cross. His feet then were also
nailed to a cross through His ankle bones which are very strong. Then that
cross is raised up with Jesus hanging on it. You can imagine in your own
mind for every breath that you take in you push against the nails in the
ankle, for every breath that you let out you pull against the nails in your in
your wrist. For every breath Jesus had to push on the nails in His ankles
and the nails in His wrist, and it was torment and agony just to breathe.
Jesus took the curse of the cross, Galatians 3:15-20, upon himself so
that I wouldn't have to bear that cross. He was beaten. He was mocked. He
was spit upon. He was crucified.
According Matthew 27:50 Jesus shouted out with a loud voice “It is
finished.” He gave up the spirit, returned it to the Father eventually. Why
did He do that? Why did Jesus endure such torment and agony and pain?
For me and for you. Listen again to 1 Peter 2:24 “He, Himself, bore our sins
in His own body upon the tree that we having died to sin might live by right
you might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.”
Jesus didn't do that because He had sin. He did that so that I don't
have to go to hell and suffer the eternal condemnation and the judgment of
my sins. That's how much God and how much Christ loves you!
Now think about this. You hear the words of John 3:16 and it's a
lovely verse but think about it in view of Matthew 27. “God so loved the
world He gave.” What do you mean He gave? He gave Jesus to suffer
everything we just heard about. “He gave His only begotten Son that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Aren't you glad the story doesn't end with Jesus dying on the cross?
According the Bible Jesus would stay in the cross or stay in the grave for a
period of about three days, and then He would rise out of the grave.
We open our Bible to Matthew 28:1 and notice what the Scripture
says. “Now after the Sabbath as the first did day of the week began to
dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. Behold
there was a great earthquake for an angel of the Lord descended from
heaven came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it. His
countenance was like lightning. His clothing as white as snow and the
guard shook for fear of him and became like dead man. But the angel
answered and said to the women ‘Do not be afraid. I know you seek Jesus
who was crucified.’” Listen to these words, “He is not here. He is risen.”
Death didn't break Him down and end it. The grave did not contain
Him. Jesus conquered death. He conquered the grave, and He is right now
living at the right hand of God. Proof positive again Jesus is the Son of
Now the soldiers are bribed, according to verses 11 through 15, to tell
a story- but even their stories didn't mesh. And the risen Savior, He comes
back to His disciples, and He gives them this charge “Go into all the world
and preach the gospel to every creature. Go into all teach all nations
baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Here's the application. In the few moments we've got remaining, I
want you to realize today- God wants us to realize today- just how much He
loved us. He sent His Son to die a horrible death of torment and agony, so
that I can have the hope of heaven. What He asked of us is to obey Him
and to live for Him.
Have you done that? Have you obeyed the gospel of Christ?
Here's what Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized will be
saved,” Mark 16:16.
Are you living for Him? Friend imagine what God wants of us, if He
would do that for His Son, imagine how wonderful heaven's going to be for
each one of us!
If you've never obeyed the gospel, in view of the great sacrifice of
Christ, we beg you- obey the gospel of Christ, before it's too late!
Study Questions for: “Matthew: Lesson 8”
1. According to Luke 18:1, what must men always do?
2. According to Hebrews 4:16, what do we find at the Throne of Grace?
3. Why should we cast our cares upon Jesus according to 1 Peter 5:7?
4. Whose will was Jesus concerned about in Matthew 26:39?
5. What does James 4:17 say about someone who knows to do good and
doesn’t do it?
6. What should we grow in according to 2 Peter 3:18?
7. According to Hebrews 2:9, what did Jesus do for every man?
8. According to 1 Peter 2:24, whose sins did Jesus bear?
9. What did Jesus say before giving up his spirit in Matthew 27:50?
10. According to John 3:16, God gave us what? Why?