The King Dead & Alive

Matthew 27:27-28:20

2727Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium, and gathered the whole garrison together against him. 28They stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him. 29They braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him, and mocked him, saying,


Hail, King of the Jews!

30They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31When they had mocked him, they took the robe off of him, and put his clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32As they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, and they compelled him to go with them, that he might carry his cross. 33They came to a place called “Golgotha”, that is to say, “The place of a skull.” 34They gave him sour wine* to drink mixed with gall. When he had tasted it, he would not drink. 35When they had crucified him, they divided his clothing among them, casting lots,* 36and they sat and watched him there. 37They set up over his head the accusation against him written, “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
38Then there were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left.

39Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, 40and saying,


You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!

41Likewise the chief priests also mocking, with the scribes, the Pharisees,* and the elders, said,


42He saved others, but he can’t save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’

44The robbers also who were crucified with him cast on him the same reproach.
45Now from the sixth hour* there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.* 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,


Eli, Eli, lima* sabachthani?

That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”*
47Some of them who stood there, when they heard it, said,


This man is calling Elijah.

48Immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him a drink. 49The rest said,


Let him be. Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.

50Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit.

51Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. 52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many.

54Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying,


Truly this was the Son of God.

55Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

57When evening had come, a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who himself was also Jesus’ disciple came. 58This man went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up. 59Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out in the rock, and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. 61Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.

62Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, 63saying,


Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64Command therefore that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He is risen from the dead;’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.

65Pilate said to them,


You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can.

66So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.
281Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men. 5The angel answered the women,


Don’t be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified. 6He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying. 7Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.

8They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word. 9As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying,



They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.
10Then Jesus said to them,


Don’t be afraid. Go tell my brothers* that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see me.

11Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers, 13saying,


Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry.

15So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until today.
16But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had sent them. 17When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some doubted. 18Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying,


All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19Go,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.


*Matthew 27:34 or, vinegar
*Matthew 27:35 TR adds “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: ‘They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots;’” [see Psalm 22:18 and John 19:24]
*Matthew 27:41 TR omits “the Pharisees”
*Matthew 27:45 noon
*Matthew 27:45 3:00 P. M.
*Matthew 27:46 TR reads “lama” instead of “lima”
*Matthew 27:46 Psalm 22:1
*Matthew 28:10 The word for “brothers” here may be also correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”
*Matthew 28:19 TR and NU add “therefore”


  • Consider the acts of God described in this passage.
  • What do these illustrate about the ways of God?
  • Have you experienced these ways of God in your life? If yes, how so? If not, what can you do to experience this?
  • What can you do to grow in your desire to know and follow God more intimately this week?
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