26 Matthew

Author

Jim Asselin

Scripture

Matthew 26:1-75

Observations

  • Jesus tells his disciples in two days he will be arrested and killed
  • The Pharisees and chief priests conspire to kill Jesus
  • While a guest at Simon the Leper’s house, Jesus is anointed with very expensive perfume by a woman. The other guests were indignant.
  • Jesus comes to her defense stating that what she has done is to prepare him for his burial (referring to what is to come shortly) a very significant event.
  • At this point, Judas approaches the high priests for the purpose of helping them arrest him
  • Jesus and the Disciples plan to celebrate the Passover meal
  • During their meal together, Jesus announces that one of his twelve will betray him
  • Jesus confirms it is Judas through Judas’ leading question “Is it me?” Judas then leaves to betray him to the Jewish leaders
  • Jesus eats Passover with the remaining disciples explaining to them that the meal represents a deeply personal, new covenant.
  • At the Mount of Olives Jesus explains that his disciples will all fall away from following him.
  • Peter proclaims his faithfulness to Jesus, but Jesus tells Peter that he will deny him three times
  • In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks his disciples to stay vigilant as he, Jesus intimately agonizes with his Father in prayer regarding the upcoming trial he is about to face.
  • Jesus returns to the disciples three times in the midst of his distressing, prayerful preparation each time finding them sleeping, the final time Jesus asks them to rise, as his betrayer has arrived
  • Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, and a gang including some religious leaders plan on arresting  Jesus with a fight
  • Jesus denounces one of his disciples who tries to fix the problem through violence reminding him that all of this has been predestined to happen
  • The disciples flee
  • Jesus is lead to the high priests and religious leaders while Peter watches from a distance
  • False accusations are made about Jesus, none of them stick. Finally, they ask Jesus plainly if he is the Messiah.
  • Jesus affirms this and they accuse him of blasphemy, beating him and deeming this confession as worthy of death
  • In the crowd, Peter is recognized as one of the disciples, is accused three times, and denies it three times, upon hearing a rooster crow, he is reminded of Jesus’ prophetic prediction and leaves to weep and mourn

Application

In my knowledge of Jesus, I, like Peter am quick to agree that he is the one sent from God in order to reconcile mankind to himself. However, when faith requires action, I am not nearly as willing to take up my cross and bear the burden that is required of me.  It is relatively easy to involve myself in religious activities and not commit to confronting darkness with light, falsehood with truth, brutality with compassion, loneliness with presence, and fear with faith. I desire that my confessions before the church echo just as loudly outside the church in my everyday life where love leads my thinking and actions.

Prayer

Father,

I go as far as to invent new ways with which to separate myself from your design, plan and purpose. Help me in the grittiness and difficulty of life to realize the sacred and supernatural nature of being your follower. Tear down my defenses and allow me in freedom to have joy when you rejoice, to weep when you mourn, to have a deeper spiritual sense of me having submitted to you, and you presenting to me movements of faith to enact. Help me to be obedient to your call and in the process join your adventure of eternal living during this season which you have given to me. In Jesus’ name.

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