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Matthew 26:30-35 Jesus Tells Peter His Future

Another walk with Jesus

Another walk with Jesus

Dinner is concluding for Jesus and His disciples. They sing a closing hymn, maybe the traditional closing hymn of Passover, and then head out to the Mount of Olives. Jesus seems to have an affinity for this setting. He often went there for private time with His disciples. The Garden of Gethsemane is also located on the lower slopes of this mountain. This time He and the disciples go there for another heart to heart talk. Read more »

Matthew 26:26-29 Our First Communion

In Remembrance of Me (I know it's not matzo but I loved the picture anyway)

In Remembrance of Me (I know it’s not matzo but I loved the picture anyway)

We are enjoying the last Passover celebration with Jesus and His disciples. At this point Judas has left the group to betray Jesus to the religious leaders. It is just Jesus and His most devoted followers now.

During one of Jesus’ previous teachings He told the crowd that unless they eat of His flesh and drink of His blood they would have no part in Him. This was a very hard message to hear for everyone listening that day. Today that message will be acted out for His disciples. I think this symbolism will come as a great relief for His followers. Jesus didn’t mean for them to literally eat Him. Read more »

Matthew 26:17-25 Dinner is Served

Come and dine

Come and dine

Today Jesus prepares to eat His last Passover meal. I don’t know if this was to be Jesus’ last meal on earth, but I think it probably was. I doubt the guards fed Him while they were torturing Him. This was a very special meal for Him and He wanted everything to be just right.

I’m having issues with trying to find a perfect timeline of Jesus’ last week on Earth, this side of the grave. I am no scholar on theology but I know a couple of facts. 1. Today’s events happened on the first day of the Unleavened Bread festival. We know this as the Passover celebration. 2. Jesus was in the grave three days and three nights. 3. Jesus rose on the first day of the week. These facts aren’t critical for today’s reading, but I was curious and want to understand the whole picture if I can. I found two websites that do a pretty good job of arguing their points for when the Passover lamb was slain and Jesus’ death in relation to that event. Read more »

Matthew 26:14-16 Judas’ Decision

A bargain is struck

A bargain is struck

Today we are going to follow Judas Iscariot as he makes the worst bargain of his life. This decision was foretold from the beginning but it still touches our very core when we read about it.

We don’t get to read about Judas’ call into service with Jesus. We don’t know much more than his name in the beginning. When Matthew lists Judas along with the others he doesn’t put an asterisk beside his name to warn us of impending issues. He is simply numbered among Jesus’ closest followers. Just one of the guys. Read more »

Matthew 26:6-13 Oil of Anointing

In honor of His love

In honor of His love

My bible helps tell me that Matthew is sharing a story from earlier in the week with us in our reading today. In John’s gospel this event happened before Jesus rode into Jerusalem to start His final week, this side of the grave. We get to read about it now in Matthew’s account.

Jesus and His disciples are enjoying dinner with a man named Simon. Jesus healed Simon of leprosy earlier in His ministry. Simon is MORE than grateful to Jesus for his healing. Not only did Jesus restore Simon’s health, He restored Simon’s life back to Him. No way would he have been able to entertain guests in his previous condition. Read more »