Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Christ’s Life and Work: Week 3, Day 5: Matthew 27:11-31


Pilate asked Jesus if he was the King of the Jews. Jesus said yes. The governor listed the testimony against him, but Jesus gave no reply. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and only handed over to him out of envy. At the Feast, it was tradition for the crowd to free one prisoner. They could free Jesus or Barabbas. Pilate’s wife had sent him a message saying not to have anything to do with Jesus because she had suffered greatly in a dream.

The chief priests and elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas. Pilate asked the crowd what to do with Jesus. They responded to crucify him. Pilate asked why, but no one listened. Pilate washed his hands to show he was innocent of Jesus’s blood and said it was their responsibility. The crowd agreed and said it was on their children, too. Barabbas was released, and Jesus was flogged.

The soldiers stripped Jesus and put a scarlet robe on him. They put a crown of thorns on his head. Next, the soldiers put a staff in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him. They spit on him and then hit him repeatedly. They took the robe off, put his own clothes back on him, and led him away to be crucified.

Questions for Matthew 27:11-31

12) Pilate recognizes that Jesus is innocent, that the testimony against him is false, and that it’s the religious leaders who want him dead. He receives a message from his wife that Jesus is innocent, too. Yet, he washed his hands of the crime and put it on the crowd and the religious leaders.

13) This is a tough one. I would say I see this most in relationships; where I am selfish rather than giving. I pray to be more Jesus like and have more compassion on others.

14) Pilate could not stand up for what was right. He blamed the crowd for Jesus’ death even though he could have stopped it. He did not stand for truth. He even had Jesus flogged and tortured when he didn’t have to. Jesus’ hope was God the Father and His will and plan for all of humanity.

Conclusions to WordGo Christ’s Life and Work Matthew 27:11-31

Great example of God’s will always prevailing!

Pilate was a typical leader at that time. He was out for himself and really didn’t care about anyone else. Sin did not matter to him.

Someone has to bear the consequences of sin: either yourself or Jesus Christ. The answer determines everything.

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