Jesus taken to Pilate, Judas kills himself

TEXT: MATTHEW 27:1-10.

Matthew is the only disciple to include the fate of Judas Iscariot in with their Gospel accounts. We do see Peter mention Judas Iscariot's fate in Acts 1:15-20, when he called for someone to take Judas Iscariot's place in the original 12-disciple core.

Of course, at that time, the 12 "disciples" became known as "apostles." But that's another story.

The betrayal and arrest of Jesus

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:47-56

After Jesus finished praying in the Gethsemane garden, Judas Iscariot re-enters the narrative. Behind him is a "multitude" of people stirred up by the Jewish chief priests and elders.

Just how many people came to take Jesus is up for debate. Matthew, Mark and Luke say a "multitude," and John says a "band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees" (REFERENCE: John 15:3). So what size of a multitude are we talking about?

The Last Supper

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:17-30

Chronologically, the Last Supper follows the betrayal of Jesus by disciple Judas Iscariot. Interestingly, Matthew - a former tax collector at the time he was called to be a disciple by Jesus - was the only one in the Gospels to give an exact amount to Jesus' betrayal - 30 pieces of silver.

Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:14-16

Jesus and the disciples are still in Bethany, where Mary anoints Jesus with an alabaster box full of precious perfume.


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