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April 19, 2019

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Reading along with us in Matthew? Here’s today’s reading:

Matthew 26 (ESV)

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified....Continue Reading

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  1. Recognize the symbolism of the Passover as it relates to Jesus’s (the lamb) passing. His blood sacrificed so the doom of our sins are “passed” over forever. I get goosebumps as I read Matthew 26. It begins…

  2. Ver. 5: A common theme in the Gospel seems to be the Jewish leaders being in fear of the people for their proposed actions. These are supposed to be the leaders of these same people, yet they fear them. That fear should have made it obvious to them that their actions were not of God.

    Ver. 15: Greed, greed, greed. Judas didn’t even betray Jesus out of principle; it was for money.

    Ver. 70: It’s amazing that though Peter sins and is far from perfect, he is one of the primary people the church is built upon. All through the Bible are examples of God using imperfect people (some VERY imperfect) to execute his plans.

  3. Matthew 26 This parable reinforces to me that no matter what we are human an subjected to all the brokenness that exists in all our lives. Judas and Peter both exhibited their human weakness, regardless of how close to Jesus they thought they were, or how holy and pious they were,, they still both succumbed to their human nature of deceit and denial in the end. We all must remain vigilant in our faith and that we as believers are no better than anyone in this world, if we do not remain true and honest with ourselves, and more importantly with GOD our heavenly Father. Happy and Healthy EASTER to all, GOD BLESS!!!

  4. I was really struck by how alone Jesus is in all that happens in this chapter. Even when He is with the apostles, He is the only one who gets what is happening and sometimes that can be one of the loneliest experiences. And in the end He is completely abandoned by all those who He would call followers and friends. And yet Jesus presses on. He still does exactly what He is supposed to do and is amazingly calm and level headed in it. How many of us would be so collected if our life was on the line. And yet what is Jesus’ reference point. He says it a couple of times…this is to fulfill what is supposed to happen. Jesus was on a mission and nothing could distract Him or discourage Him or intimidate Him from it. It is one thing to say not my will, but thy will be done. It is quite another thing to live it and that is exactly what Jesus is doing throughout this chapter. And it is because He really isn’t alone. His Father is with Him…at least for now…..

  5. Judas looms large in this chapter, playing a pivotal role in the ministry of Jesus.
    Matt 26:8 says that the disciples were indignant with the gift of the expensive ointment. We know from other gospel accounts that it was Judas specifically and it is because he was the treasurer for the group (John 13:29).
    Matthew 26:14 shows how Judas’ actions are not a spontaneous action but premeditated.
    Matthew 26:20-25 gives the account of Jesus announcing that one of the disciples will betray him Even though Jesus says it is the one who dips with him that would betray him, the other disciples do not fully grasp or see this act when it occurs. See John 13:21-30. Also, I think it is significant that Judas departs from the group before the Lord’s Supper is performed, for even though he walked with them and shared with them through these last three years, he was not one of them for he betrayed Christ.
    I also think it significant that John explicitly states that ‘Satan entered into him’ (John 13:27), meaning Judas. We cannot under-estimate the spiritual warfare going on at this time. Satan was seeking a death blow to God’s eternal plan.
    Matthew 26:47-56 gives the account of Judas and his arrival with the guards and his betrayal of Jesus with a kill.

  6. Not as I will, but as you will… a example of HIs perfect obedience and a call to us to obedience as well…

    “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” .” 42Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.

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