“I Don’t Know the Man!”

Matthew 26:63b – 27:10

The Mystery of Jesus
Mt carries us from the night hearing at the High Priest’s house to the capital trial before Pilate. He shows us people who in various ways can’t grasp Jesus, his identity, action, or aim. The HP & council, sure, but also his disciples, Judas and Peter. Jesus is handed over & over, but none know him. Mt wants us to learn. Each interaction challenges knowledge & reflection. Peter’s denials are bracketed by hostile chief priests, despairing Judas, & prophetic judgment. For all, Jesus posed a basic challenge: to imagine and trust a God whose kingdom, power, action are profoundly different from all the ways we humans know & expect power to work. The High Priest and the Remorse of Judas