Matthew 27:26-44 is some of Matthew’s account of the cross. Note that Matthew seems to hold back from writing a detailed account of all that went on. Actually, the other gospel writers tell us more than does Matthew – but they all manifest a reticence to write all the details. What took place at Calvary is so deeply involved in the mind and love of God that it was impossible for these men to write it in detail. We will note some attitudes that were manifested.
- God’s silence
It seemed previously that God was silent. Then at Christ’s baptism He spoke from Heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Again, on the Mount of Transfiguration, God broke the silence with these words: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). However, at this crucial time, God does not speak. Jesus had come to die in the will of the Father so that we could be redeemed.
- The priests and scribes mocking Him
“He saved others; himself he cannot save…” (Matthew 27:42). They spoke the truth, but they used it to mock Him. They showed their spiritual ignorance. The One who would save lost sinners could not save Himself, but these priests did not understand that truth.
- The thieves reviling and mocking Him
“The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth” (Matthew 27:44).
What a tragedy, mocking Him who at that very moment was suffering and dying to give every sinner life! May we do what Paul said he did – glory in the cross: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).
Jesus, keep me near the cross –
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever,
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
– Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915