2021_04_12 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Matthew 27
I’ve been thinking about Judas so much during this Easter season. He was an accepted member of the 12 disciples. More than that, as the one who handled their finances, he was a trusted member. He had a front-row seat for all of Jesus’ teaching and healing, yet he missed Jesus. Matthew 27 gives us the heartbreaking ending for Judas as the story tells us that his remorse was so overwhelming that he hung himself. He gave back the 30 pieces of silver and admitted that Jesus was innocent. It’s haunting to note that Judas died before Jesus. A prophecy was fulfilled once again as the 30 pieces of silver were used to buy the potter’s field.
Matthew 27 gives us some of the details of Jesus’ “trial,” which was illegal in so many respects. Jesus’ death was determined before the trial even began. False witnesses who had not gone through the normal screening process were used. Jesus was allowed no outside defense. The trial was held at night, which was against their law (Life Application Study Bible, 2004, p. 1607). These are just a few of the irregularities surrounding Jesus’ trial and subsequent death. All this paints a picture of greed, jealousy, and a fear of loss of power. The religious leaders didn’t want to lose their position, even for the Messiah.
Tucked amid all these grim details is a sweet, tender spot for me.
Matthew 27: 55 – 56: “And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee.”
Matthew 27:61: “Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.”
These women saw it all. The mocking, the torture, the pain, and agony. They didn’t look away or run away. They stayed.
Jesus’ interaction with women has always been fascinating to me. I’m sure in part because I am a woman, but even more so the counter-cultural audacity. He valued, loved, and respected women in a culture where that was not the norm. He saw their dignity and strength, and amazingly enough, as we’ll see in chapter 28, He entrusted them with being the very first to see Him risen.
If you are a woman reading this and feel unseen and unheard in your lives, take heart, dear ones. Jesus sees you. He knows your strength and your sacrifice. You are His daughter. He has bestowed dignity and value on your life. He loves you like no other.
Reference: Life Application Study Bible. (2004). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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