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Gospel of Matthew - Chapter 27

In this episode of Father Michael's "Know Your Faith" series, he delves into Matthew chapter 27, exploring the profound narrative of the Lord's Passion. He discusses the intricate political and religious dynamics that led to Jesus's crucifixion, including the council of the chief priests and elders, their interaction with Governor Pontius Pilate, and the role of Judas. We also examine the significance of key events such as the remorse of Judas, the choice of Barabbas over Jesus, and the crucifixion itself. The episode concludes with the aftermath of Jesus's death, the securing of his tomb, and the anticipation of his resurrection.


  • he episode covers Matthew chapter 27, which discusses the Lord's Passion. The chief priests and elders of the people conspired against Jesus to put him to death, but needed a valid reason that would convince the Roman Empire to execute him, as they had no authority to do so. The council was likely formed to devise a reason to present to Governor Pontius Pilate that would convince him to put Jesus to death.
  • Jesus was kept in a cell where Kaifas was the high priest. Jesus was bound, led away, and delivered to Pilate the governor. Judas, Jesus's betrayer, repented and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, expressing remorse for betraying innocent blood. He then hanged himself. The chief priests used the returned silver to buy the potter's field to bury strangers in, fulfilling a prophecy spoken by Jeremiah.
  • Pilate questioned Jesus, asking if he was the king of the Jews. Jesus did not deny it but did not affirm it in the way Pilate expected. The chief priests and elders accused Jesus of claiming to be a king, a serious offense to Rome as only the emperor could recognize kings. This was the political reason they used to try to put Jesus to death. Pilate was surprised when Jesus did not defend himself against the accusations.
  • During the Passover, Pilate had a custom to release one prisoner chosen by the crowd. They chose a notorious prisoner named Barabbas over Jesus. Jesus was mocked, beaten, and crucified. His garments were divided among the soldiers by casting lots.
  • The centurion and those with him were filled with awe and declared that Jesus was truly the son of God. After Jesus's death, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph asked Pilate for Jesus's body, which he laid in his own new tomb.
  • The chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate to secure the tomb to prevent Jesus's disciples from stealing his body and claiming he had risen from the dead. The tomb was made secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.