Matthew 27



Matthew 27 depicts the tragic events of Jesus' crucifixion, emphasizing the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and the profound significance of Jesus' sacrificial death for the forgiveness of sins.


  1. Jesus Before Pilate (Matthew 27:1-2, 11-14): After the Jewish religious leaders decide to put Jesus to death, they bring him to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, accusing him of claiming to be the King of the Jews. Pilate questions Jesus but finds no basis for a charge.

  2. Barabbas Chosen (Matthew 27:15-26): During the Passover, Pilate offers to release one prisoner to the crowd. The people, influenced by the chief priests and elders, demand the release of Barabbas, a notorious criminal, instead of Jesus. Pilate, seeking to satisfy the crowd, reluctantly agrees.

  3. Jesus is Scourged and Mocked (Matthew 27:26-31): Before the crucifixion, Jesus is handed over to be scourged and then mocked by the Roman soldiers. They place a crown of thorns on his head, dress him in a purple robe, and mockingly hail him as the King of the Jews.

  4. Jesus' Crucifixion (Matthew 27:32-56): Simon of Cyrene is compelled to carry Jesus' cross to Golgotha. Jesus is crucified alongside two criminals. The soldiers cast lots for Jesus' clothing, fulfilling a prophecy. During the crucifixion, people mock Jesus, and the religious leaders taunt him. Darkness covers the land for three hours. Jesus utters his famous words, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" and eventually breathes his last. The temple curtain is torn, and there is an earthquake. Many witness these events, including the centurion who declares, "Truly, this was the Son of God."

  5. Burial of Jesus (Matthew 27:57-66): Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, goes to Pilate and requests permission to bury Jesus in his own tomb. Pilate grants permission, and Jesus is laid in the tomb. The tomb is sealed, and guards are posted to prevent tampering.