Week 36   Day 5


A lot of things are happening in this passage             
the lives of all the major players

            are about to radically change

On one hand the religious leaders and Judas

            are conspiring to arrest Jesus 

on the other hand Jesus and his disciples

            are sharing a last evening together 

the two groups will converge in the night

            and at the end

            one side will have a multitude fully armed

            on the other side will be a single self-giving man.



Jesus' death was inevitable now

            and just like a woman having a baby

            the only way to the other side

            is through the door of suffering and pain.



Matthew wants his readers to know

            that no one took Jesus' life from him 

Jesus gave his life 

            sacrificed his life

to show the full extent of God's love for the world.




                             BETRAYED AND DESERTED

Not only Jesus' birth, his death also fulfilled ancient Scriptures.

                                             Matthew 26


    3The chief priests, scribes, and elders assembled at the palace

of the high priest, Caiaphas, 4and plotted to take Jesus by trickery

and kill Him.  14One of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to

the chief priests 15and said, "What would you give me if I deliver

Him to you?"  And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

    17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 19the

disciples did as Jesus directed them; and prepared the Passover. 

20When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 

    26As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke
gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."  

27Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,

"Drink from it, all of you.  28This is My blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for many for the remission of sins." 
30When they
had sung a hymn, they went to the Mount of Olives.

    31Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will stumble because

of Me this night, for it is written:  'I will strike the Shepherd, and

the sheep will be scattered.'  32But after I have been raised, I will

go before you to Galilee."  33Peter answered and said, "Even if

all stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble." 

34Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, this night, before the rooster

crows, you will deny Me three times."  35Peter said, "Even if

I have to die, I will not deny You!"  So said all the disciples.

    36Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane,

and said, "Sit here while I go and pray over there."  37He took

Peter and the sons of Zebedee, and began to be deeply distressed. 

38He said, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. 

Stay here and watch with Me."  39He went a little farther and

fell on His face, and prayed, "O My Father, if it is possible, let

this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."

    40Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and

said to Peter, "Could you not watch one hour?  41Watch and pray,

lest you enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the

flesh is weak."  42Again He went away and prayed, 43and came

and found them asleep.  44Then He said, "My betrayer is at hand."

    47While He was speaking, Judas and a multitude with swords

and clubs, came from the chief priests.  48His betrayer had given

them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him." 

49He went up to Jesus, and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed

Him.  56All this was done that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. 

Then all the disciples forsook Jesus and fled.
                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV


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