Of the 89 chapters that contain the four Gospel accounts, 29 of them cover the week of the Passover and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. 13 of those chapters focus on the day of the crucifixion. Six hastily assembled illegal trials, occupying a few hours of one night, featuring the greatest miscarriage of justice the world has ever known, was used by God to display His justice. How did that happen?
The betrayal by Judas led to the arrest of Christ. His embrace of Jesus was hypocritical and self-serving. Jesus knew that Judas was not a real friend. (Matthew 26:46-50) The money Judas received was returned after his guilty conscience got the best of him. The payoffs for sin are never enjoyed for long, and the wages of sin will always be death. He regretted his actions but he did not repent. The priests did not want the guilt money either, so they used it in a charitable way to buy a burial field for the poor.
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