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Week 36 Day 5
are about to radically change
On one hand the religious leaders and Judas
are conspiring to arrest Jesus
on the other hand Jesus and his disciples
are sharing a last evening together
the two groups will converge in the night
and at the end
one side will have a multitude fully armed
on the other side will be a single self-giving man.
Jesus' death was inevitable now
and just like a woman having a baby
the only way to the other side
is through the door of suffering and pain.
Matthew wants his readers to know
that no one took Jesus' life from him
Jesus gave his life
sacrificed his life
to show the full extent of God's love for the world.
BETRAYED AND DESERTED
Not only Jesus' birth, his death also fulfilled ancient Scriptures.
3The chief priests, scribes, and elders assembled at the palace
of the high priest, Caiaphas, 4and plotted to take Jesus by trickery
and kill Him. 14One of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to
the chief priests 15and said, "What would you give me if I deliver
Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 19the
disciples did as Jesus directed them; and prepared the Passover.
20When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.
26As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
27Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
"Drink from it, all of you. 28This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." 30When they had sung a hymn, they went to the Mount of Olives.
31Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will stumble because
of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, and
the sheep will be scattered.' 32But after I have been raised, I will
go before you to Galilee." 33Peter answered and said, "Even if
all stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble."
34Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, this night, before the rooster
crows, you will deny Me three times." 35Peter said, "Even if
I have to die, I will not deny You!" So said all the disciples.
36Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane,
and said, "Sit here while I go and pray over there." 37He took
Peter and the sons of Zebedee, and began to be deeply distressed.
38He said, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.
Stay here and watch with Me." 39He went a little farther and
fell on His face, and prayed, "O My Father, if it is possible, let
this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."
40Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and
said to Peter, "Could you not watch one hour? 41Watch and pray,
lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the
flesh is weak." 42Again He went away and prayed, 43and came
and found them asleep. 44Then He said, "My betrayer is at hand."
47While He was speaking, Judas and a multitude with swords
and clubs, came from the chief priests. 48His betrayer had given
them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him."
49He went up to Jesus, and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed
Him. 56All this was done that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.
Then all the disciples forsook Jesus and fled. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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