Other Accounts of What You Read in Matthew 27
Understanding the Scriptures
|Took counsel (vv. 1, 7)||Met together to decide|
|Potter’s field (vv. 7, 10)||Place where pottery makers dug for clay|
|Jeremy (v. 9)||Jeremiah|
|To never a word (v. 14)||Not a single word|
|Could prevail nothing (v. 24)||Could not change the people’s choice|
|Scourged (v. 26)||Beat with a whip; in those times the whip usually had pieces of bone, glass, or metal on the ends of it to tear the flesh|
|Raiment (v. 31)||Clothing|
|Compelled (v. 32)||Forced|
|Vinegar … mingled with gall (v. 34)||A drug-like mixture that would have helped numb the pain|
|Vesture (v. 35)||Clothing|
|Cast lots (v. 35)||Play a game of chance that determines a winner|
|Reviled (v. 39)||Mockingly spoke evil of and insulted|
|Wagging (v. 39)||Shaking|
|Ministering unto him (v. 55)||Taking care of his needs|
|Hewn (v. 60)||Cut|
|Sepulchre (vv. 60, 64, 66)||Tomb, or cave to bury the dead|
|Watch (vv. 65–66)||Guard|
Matthew 27:11—What Did Jesus Say to Pilate?
When Pilate asked Jesus, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Thou sayest.” A better translation of this phrase might be “It is as you say.” In other words, Jesus said He was indeed a king. See John 18:33–38 for more information about this conversation between Jesus and Pilate.
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Matthew 27.
Agency, Sin, and Remorse
It was necessary for Jesus to die, but that does not mean Judas had to betray the Savior. President George Q. Cannon, who was a counselor in the First Presidency, said, “It was not foreordained that Judas should be a devil. He chose that part himself, in the exercise of his agency” (in Brian H. Stuy, comp., Collected Discourses, 5 vols. [1987–92], 1:236).
Look at Matthew 26:14–16, 20–25, 45–56 and describe the times when you think Judas had the opportunity to choose not to betray the Savior but instead chose to continue to serve the devil, who was tempting him.
How can we benefit from understanding the story of Judas?
Jesus of Nazareth Sentenced to Death
Suppose you were a news reporter and had the chance to follow the events in Matthew 27:11–66. Write a news report of those events. Be sure to include the details your readers will want to know about, such as:
What did Jesus and Pilate say to each other?
What did Pilate think of Jesus?
Who was Barabbas, and what did he have to do with Jesus’ trial?
What happened before and during the Crucifixion?
What happened after Jesus died?
The Fulfillment of Prophecy
Why Did Jesus Do It?
It is difficult to imagine someone going through all that Jesus went through in Matthew 26–27.
Read 1 Nephi 19:9. Explain what Nephi said about why Jesus was able to endure what He did.
Write about how you feel knowing that Jesus suffered and endured all those things for you. Or write at least seven phrases from hymns that express your feelings about the Savior and what He endured in Matthew 26–27.
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