Simply Easter – Part 4

by Kevin on April 6, 2011

We continue on with the Simplified Cowboy Version of the days leadin’ up to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Then we will journey past there and see what happens in the days and weeks following.

Matthew 27:1-31

Early that morning, the religious institution had decided to put Jesus to death. 2 They tied him up and handed him over to Pilate, the Roman governor.

Judas Kills Himself

3 When Judas heard they were gonna kill Jesus, his heart was crushed because he was the cause of it all. He went back to the church and gave them the thirty pieces of silver back. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “I have double crossed an innocent man.”

“That don’t matter to us,” they replied. “This innocent blood will be on your hands, not ours!”

5 The segundos in the church picked up the money and said, “We can’t even use this for our church bank account because it’s blood money.”  7 So they used the money to buy a little plot of land to use as a cemetery for foreigners. 8 That place is still called the field of blood to this day. 9 Then, the words of the great cowboy Jeremiah came true: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of his double cross, 10 and used it to by the foreigners field.”

Jesus on Trial before Pilate

11 Meanwhile, Jesus stood before the governor of the territory and the governor asked him, “Are you Jews’ boss?”

Yup,” Jesus replied.

12 When he was accused by the church, he didn’t answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear what they are sayin’ about you?” 14 But Jesus didn’t answer. He didn’t say one word about any of the charges. His silence baffled Pilate.

Pilate Signs the Death Warrant

15 There was an old tradition during this time of the year, to release one prisoner that the crowd chose. 16 There was a ruthless bandito named Barabbas that was in jail at this time. 17 When the crowd gathered around, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Boss’ Son?” 18 He knew that it was out of jealousy that they had shoe horned Jesus and turned him in.

19 While Pilate was actin’ as judge and executioner, his wife sent him a telegram that said, “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent fellow! I have been plagued by awful dreams because of this.”

20 But the head honchos of the church lobbied the crowd and persuaded them to release the bandito and have Jesus strung up.

21 “Pick your poison and tell me which one you will have put to death,” said the governor.

“Barabbas the Bandito!” they all cried in unison.

22 “If you choose Barabbas, what do you want done with Jesus?” asked Pilate.

They all yelled, “Kill him!”

23 “Why? What in the world has this man done to deserve this?” asked Pilate.

But they got all slober mouthed and yelled, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that there was fixin’ to be a riot, he dipped his hands in a horse trough and washed them sayin’, “This is y’alls doin’, not mine. I’m innocent of this man’s blood and I wash my hands of this whole ordeal.”

25 They crowd yelled, “Let this killin’ fall on our children’s souls!”

26 Pilate then ordered the release of the bandito Barabbas and had Jesus horse whipped before he was to be strung up on the cross.

Jesus is Mocked and Insulted

27 Pilate’s men took Jesus and put about two hundred armed guards around him. 28 They stripped him out of his jeans and shirt and slung a purple horse blanket around him like a robe. 29 Then they wove together a crown of mesquite thorns and shoved it on his head. They gave him a stick to hold like a king’s scepter and they knelt down mockingly in front of him sayin’, “All hail the boss of the Jews!” 30 They jerked his stick from him and beat him with it as they spit Copenhagen all over him. 31 After their sport with him, they took the purple blanket off and dressed him back in his trail gear. Then they tied him up and led him away to be strung up on the cross.

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  • Terrific. Am sending this off with a couple back-barn posts to my soninlaw. He’s my coauthor of Generational Fathering* and a therapist, lead equine manager at a residential youth ranch. I will be up there in a few days and we’ll read this off to the whole family, all six of them. *[we are still on the startup side of writing, but saddlemates can catch the Wild West context at ]

    • Kevin

      I’ve been over there a couple of times. Really like what y’all are doing.

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