Matthew 27:15-31

  1. In these verses the Jewish people made a fateful choice. Note especially verses 20 and 25.
    It was the choice of what kind of savior they wanted (see Note below).
    What was the result of this choice in the life of the nation?
  2. In how many ways did Pilate seek to avoid a decision about Christ?
    Cf. Luke 23:7. Read again the question in verses 22.
    Is this not a question which I, too, must ask and answer?

Note. Verses 16, 17. There is good textual evidence in favour of reading ‘Jesus Barabbas’. This makes the question of verse 17 even more telling. This was a choice between a false claimant and the true Saviour.