Matthew 27, Psalm 145
The folly of human wisdom, leadership, and judgement is most transparent at Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. Note how the priests and elders refuse Judas’ money initially because it is blood money, but have no scruples about putting this same money used to betray God’s eternal Son towards purchasing a field. Those same conscience-driven people are willing to have Jesus’ blood on their hands, while Pilate, the person who is given power to free Jesus, tries to wash his hands of the incident. Yet innocent blood is still on his hands, for Pilate frees a known insurrectionist while perfection incarnate is executed. The soldiers that beat Jesus, mocking Him with the title “King of Jews” in moments will tremble in fear calling Him “Son of God”. Finally, we see Pilate has zero insight to what has happened, for he fears Jesus’ followers power to influence instead of Jesus Himself as risen King as shown by his command to have soldiers guard the tomb. The King of Kings is executed, while everyone else is playing at justice, courage, and morality. The apostle Paul would later see this event as proof of the wisdom and power of God and the folly and weakness of human wisdom and power (1 Corinthians 1:18-25). One cannot take the account of Jesus’ crucifixion seriously without coming to grips with a dire view of the human predicament. Jesus, best among us, is the one we would treat like this. Lord please, do have mercy.