M A T T H E W.
It is a very affecting story which is recorded in
this chapter concerning the sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus.
Considering the thing itself, there cannot be a more tragical story
told us; common humanity would melt the heart, to find an innocent
and excellent person thus misused. But considering the design and
fruit of Christ's sufferings, it is gospel, it is good news, that
Jesus Christ was thus delivered for our offences; and there is
nothing we have more reason to glory in than the cross of Christ.
In this chapter, observe, I. How he was prosecuted. 1. The
delivering of him to Pilate, ver. 1,
2. 2. The despair of Judas, ver. 3-10. 3. The arraignment and trial of
Christ before Pilate, ver.
11-14. 4. The clamours of the people against him,
ver. 15-25. 5. Sentence
passed, and the warrant signed for his execution, ver. 26. II. How he was executed. 1.
He was barbarously used, ver.
27-30. 2. Led to the place of execution, ver. 31-33. 3. There he had all
possible indignities done him, and reproaches cast upon him,
ver. 34-44. 4. Heaven
frowned upon him, ver.
45-49. 5. Many remarkable things attended his death,
ver. 50-56. He was
buried and a watch set on his grave, ver. 57-66.