Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Sunday Sermon Review Matthew 26

Our church has been going through the book of Matthew. We are in the latter part of chapter 26.
I have posted the text at the bottom of the page.
I have been taking notes as our Pastor has been preaching through the book of Matthew. Here are my sermon notes from this portion. Pastor Ben was speaking.

Jesus has been overwhelmed with sorrow. He agonizes over what He knows is going to happen. The disciples have been asleep and Jesus wakes them. 

Jesus is Betrayed
Jesus is still speaking when Judas one of his closest companions comes with a multitude of people to arrest Jesus. Judas is one of Jesus' handpicked disciples and has preached and seen Jesus do all His miracles. Judas sells Him out for a bit of money. Judas betrays Jesus and does so with a kiss.

Jesus is Abandoned
The disciples had pledged to stick with Jesus through everything. They had promised to even die with him. Peter volunteers to fight for Jesus but Jesus rebukes him. The disciples all abandon Jesus.

Jesus is Unjustly Condemned

The Jewish leaders look for a way and a reason to kill Jesus.
There is a conflict of power between the High Priest Caiaphas and Jesus. Messiah means the Anointed One and Caiaphas is an anointed High Priest. 

Jesus is Denied by Peter
Peter really did love Jesus. He had followed Jesus wholeheartedly. Jesus demands our complete allegiance including in the area of money and possessions.
Are we any different than Peter? What are we willing to do to protect our social status and our reputation. This is what Peter is trying to do.

Jesus walks into this because of His love for us. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus is not a helpless victim, He embraces this for us.
Jesus is in complete control.
Jesus still calls Judas "friend".

Jesus' hand of invitation is still stretched out to us!

Matthew 26: 46 - 7546 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

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