Tag Archive: Matthew 26

Betrayal and Arrest

“As the hour of betrayal fast approaches, the record begins now with Jesus leading his disciples to an olive grove known as Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives, just east of Jerusalem.  As they arrive in the quiet garden, Jesus’ heart is clearly heavy with the prospect of the events soon to take place.  Taking Peter, James, and John beyond the others, Jesus goes still further to a quiet place alone, where he agonizes in prayer with the Father.”

Read:  Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-52, Luke 22:40-53, John 18:1-12

Trial Before Sanhedrin

“Following Jesus’ arrest, John records that Jesus is first taken before Annas, who had been high priest and who continues to exercise great influence among the Jews, for questioning.Jesus is sent next to Annas’ son-in-law, Caiaphas, who presides over the Sanhedrin (also known as The Council), which is the Jewish Supreme Court.

Laced throughout the record of Jesus’ trial before the Jewish leaders is a moving account of Peter’s personal struggle with loyalty to Jesus.  On three separate occasions throughout this long night Peter will make vehement and even profane denials in order to shield himself.  His later feelings of remorse and his subsequent leadership in the establishment of the church will stand in clear contrast to Judas, who on this same day will be consumed by his guilt and take his own life.”

Read:  John 18:12-27, Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-71, Matthew 27:1-10, Mark 15:1

The Upper Room

“With the plot to kill Jesus taking its final form, and with the clamor for his life reaching a crescendo, an upper room in Jerusalem becomes the calm at the center of the storm.  Here Jesus and his chosen disciples withdraw to themselves to await participation in the Passover Festival.  Taking on the role of a servant, Jesus begins to wash the feet of his disciples in order to teach them the need, not for power and position, but for humility and service to others.

As the upper room progresses, Jesus takes the bread and wine and tells his disciples to partake of them as symbols of his body and blood, thereby instituting his special memorial and covenant with all his disciples.  Then, as if to prepare for the sealing of that covenant, Jesus reveals Judas as his betrayer and sends him out to complete the betrayal, now near at hand.

What follows is a call for mutual love, not only because of the petty rivalries which continue to divide the disciples, but also because Jesus knows they will need each other’s support in order to endure the challenges soon to come their way.” 

Read:  Luke 22:14-39, Matthew 26:20-35, Mark 14:17-31, John 13, John 14

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Final Week — Tuesday Afternoon

“As the long day of confrontation and teaching comes to an end, Jesus tells his disciples that his death is only two days away.  Aware that the festival is almost upon them, the chief priests and elders are anxious to have Jesus killed before that time.  Even as they plot how to snare Jesus, they are approached by Judas Iscariot, one of Christ’s chosen disciples.

Judas has decided to betray Jesus, and has therefore come to bargain with the members of the council.  The amount agreed to is 30 pieces of silver (which at this time is the approximate price of a slave).  Judas is apparently both covetous and dishonest — this despite the fact that he has been acting as a kind of treasurer for the disciples.”

Read:  Matthew 26:1-5;14-16, Mark 14:1-2;10-11, Luke 22:1-6

Final Week — Wednesday

“There is strong evidence that the last supper takes place on the evening prior to the Day of Preparation, which by modern reckoning would be Wednesday night.  Proceeding upon that assumption, the events associates with this final Wednesday include not only Jesus’ last public teaching, but also the account of Peter and John finding the upper room and making preparations for the Passover celebration.”

Read:  Luke 21:37-38, John 12:37-50, Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Final Journey

“Surely it is a constant source of discouragement to Jesus — even in these last days, and after repeated lessons on humility — that his disciples are still seeking personal glory in the kingdom.  Even now the apostles continue to think only in terms of an earthly kingdom.  Even now the apostles continue to think only in terms of an earthly kingdom.  Jesus admonishes them once again, pointing to the spiritual nature of his kingdom and to the need for humility and service.

There is at least one person who already seems to understand about Jesus’ mission and his call for humility.  That person is Mary, the sister of Lazarus.  As Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem comes to an end, the Gospel accounts tell the beautiful story of Mary anointing Jesus with precious ointments.  It will be a touching prelude to the brutal events of the final week.”

Read:  Matthew 19:3-30, Mark 10:2-52, Luke 18:15-43, Matthew 20:17-34, Luke 19:1-28, John 11:55-57, Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-11

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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