My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Friday, June 29, 2007

Matthew 26

The passion

Summary:
They plotted Jesus' death. A woman came and anointed him for burial. The disciples thought it was wasteful but it was completely appropriate. Judas, a disciple, agreed to betray Jesus for money.

The passover meal was the last meal they had together. Jesus announced that Judas would betray him. He then shared the bread as his body, and the wine as his blood, which gave forgiveness.

Jesus told Peter that he would deny him three times before morning, which Peter denied. Jesus then went and prayed in Gethsemane, asking that his destiny might be avoided, but accepting God's will. The disciples kept falling asleep.

Then Judas came, and kissed Jesus - the sign that he was the one - and the authorities took hold of Jesus. The disciples tried to fight, but Jesus told them to stop, because if he wanted to resist, he could call upon heaven's armies.

Before the Jewish council, many people told lies about Jesus, but when accused of saying that the temple would be destroyed and rebuilt in three days, Jesus did not deny it. He also openly declared himself as the Christ and of being at God's right hand. So the priests had all the evidence they needed. They started beating him.

Peter, who was following, pretended that he didn't know Jesus, in accordance with what Jesus had said.

Key verse:
41. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

My thoughts:
And here the passion narrative begins. This is a massive chapter.

This narrative is, of course, very well known. It is retold in all gospels and the key points are always the same. Some would suggest that it's the only thing that the early church really agreed on.

Remember - if you are struggling with temptation, then don't forget to pray.

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