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Summary: Following Christ in His last days on earth.

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The Decision About Christ Matthew 27:11-26

1. The Control (27:11-14) powerful testimony of Jesus

A. The Asking (27:11a) truthfully; 1 Timothy 6:13

B. The Agreeing (27:11b)

C. The Accusations (27:12a) Luke 23:5

1. Their Bare speech = empty talk

2. Their Bitter spirits = envious hearts (27:18)

. His Damage - undermined their religious influence

. His Declaration - exposed their sinfulness, hypocrisy &

their doctrinal error

. His Dominance - powerful & popular; heal, teach, pull.

D. The Assistance - John 18:28-38; 1st Roman trial phase

1. Pretenders (18:28) phoniness

2. Predicament (18:29) he came out

3. Perturbed (18:30) question our motives & integrity?

4. Profit (18:31) extended but refused

5. Preparation (18:32) plan of prophecy (3:14; 8:28; 12:32-33)

6. Precedence (18:33-37) priorities of prisoner

7. Pronouncement (18:38) proclamation of Pilate (19:4, 6)

E. The Answer (27:12b-14) false allegations, charges

. Psalm 38:12-15; 1 Peter 2:21-23

1. The Lords Silence (27:12b) stillness

2. The Leaders Stab (27:13-14) solution; Isaiah 53:7

2. The Custom (27:15-18) Mark 15:6-15; John 18:38-40

A. The Passover (27:15)

B. The Prisoner (27:16) Mark 15:7; Luke 23:19; John 18:40

C. The Problem (27:17)

D. The People in charge (27:18) envy, covetous

3. The Chaos / Commotion (27:19) of Pilate’s wife

. Luke 23:41, 47

4. The Clout (27:20) leaders persuaded

. Mark 15:11 - The chief priests stirred up the people, that he

should rather release Barabbas unto them.

5. The Choosing (27:21-23)

A. The Murderer to be Discharged (27:21)

B. The Messiah to be put to Death (27:22)

6. The Concern (27:23-25) Pilate making a right decision

A. He Acknowledged His innocence (27:23)

B. He Attempted to ignore his responsibility (27:24)

C. The people Accepted the blame (27:25)

. They didn’t realize what they were saying

. Acts 5:27-29; 7:51-53; Hebrews 10:26-31

7. The Cruelty (27:26) Illegal by the Roman soldiers

A. They Set Barabbas free (27:26a) murderer

B. They Scourged Jesus (27:26b) innocent man; Isaiah 53:4-5


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