Garden Of Gethsemane

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. Matthew 26:36

The Garden of Gethsemane is where, as the late Theologian Leonard Ravenhill has said “Where Jesus truly died” Jesus is preparing himself to endure the suffering for our sins and lay down his life on the cross. As Sin came in at the Garden of Eden, Sin is going to be defeated at the Garden of Gethsemane

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. Matthew 26:37-38

Jesus brought his disciples with him, why? To comfort and encourage him, but what did they do? They fell asleep! What is the Church doing today? They fell asleep just like the disciples. Jesus is very sorrowful at this point because he knows what he is about to endure, but he did it for You and Me!

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39

We have to remember, even though Jesus is the Son of God, at this point he is also fully human! When Jesus took the lashes on his back and was nailed to the cross, he endured that pain! He took the penalty for Our sins not His!

What is the cup? This is the cup of wrath poured out by God for the sins of the world! Jesus took that cup for You and Me!

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:40-41

Jesus went back to check on his disciples and what were they doing? They were sleeping! What is the Church doing today? Its sleeping, wake up and get your lamps ready for the Lord is returning soon!

What Jesus said is still relevant today, Watch and Pray! If you don’t want to fall away in sin, get with God and pray for the Holy Spirit to help you overcome!

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. Matthew 26:42

Again Jesus agonizing about what he is about to endure, the gospel of Luke says Jesus was sweating blood (Luke 22:44) But Jesus said if it’s the Father Will for Jesus to take this Cup of Wrath, then he will drink it!

And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Matthew 26:43-45

Again Jesus came back to his disciples and they were asleep again! Wake up Church! The time is up, Jesus has accepted his mission to pay the penalty for our sins! The sequence of events that are about to happen will change the course of humanity forever!

Peters Denial

Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. Matthew 26:69-70

When we think about the Apostle Peter, we think about how Jesus changed his name to Cephas which means Rock. The Catholic Church even considers Peter their first “Pope”. However just like everyone, Peter was not a perfect man, in fact his relationship with Christ was a little bumpy to say the least

Jesus prophesied to Peter that he would deny him, and Peter replied “I will never deny you Lord, I will even die for you” (Matthew 26: 35) So what happened to Peter? Well he’s a mortal human just like us all, when Peter saw what was happening to Jesus during his trial and imprisonment, he got scared and took the easy way out

I’m sure all of us, if were being honest, can relate to Peter. I’m sure there was a time when God wanted you to step out and be bold, but you coward pretending Jesus is not your Master. At one point Jesus even called Peter “Satan” (Matthew 16:23), how is that for a compliment from The Lord?

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. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. Matthew 26:71-72

So as Peter kept trying to get closer to Jesus to see what was happening to him, more people kept recognizing Peter. “Hey your that guy who keeps preaching about Jesus” Notice Peter response “I don’t know the man”! Ouch , really? The same man you left everything behind to follow and now your denying you even know him? The same man you spent over 3 years with day and night, witnessing his miracles, and listening to his teachings

Yeah our human nature is extremely flawed. I’m not making excuses for Peter or anyone, but reality is in these sinful bodies we are very spiritually weak. Which is another reason to rejoice for the resurrection, as we will get a perfected body with no sin! (1 Corinthians 15, Revelation 21)

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. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. Matthew 26:73-74

Again more people began recognizing Peter, and he got so frustrated he started cursing and swearing! Yes even an Apostle falls short sometimes! And then it happened , just as Jesus predicted the Rooster crowed , that was the sign and Peter recognized it immediately

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. Matthew 26:75

Then Peter remembered everything Jesus had taught him and everything he witnessed, and he broke down in tears bitterly. What was happening? This is true repentance! If you don’t weep and cry for the sins you have committed then you haven’t truly repented


Peter was ashamed and disgusted with himself, in fact after this Peter went into hiding and figured Jesus probably disowned him. However as we read in the gospels after the resurrection Jesus came looking for Peter and even called him to build his Church! (Matthew 16:18) What a loving friend we have in Jesus!

The Last Supper #Communion

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Matthew 26:26

Today Communion has turned into a ritual rather than a moment to “commune” with The Lord. Jesus came to not give us a new religion but a relationship with God. Communion is a way we have a personal encounter with God. Come sit at the Lords Table and have a meal with him

Often in Communion services, we get herded like cattle to move through like an assembly line just to get done the deed to check it off the list. This is not what Jesus had in mind, he wanted us to slow down and commune with him. As the Apostle Paul said we should “Examine Ourselves” while we are at the Lords Table. (1 Corinthians 11:28)

The broken bread, as we know, is representative of the broken body of Jesus on the cross. By His Stripes We Are Healed! (Isaiah 53) What a beautiful gift Christ has given us, the gift that only He could provide and nobody else

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:27-28

The wine is obviously symbolic of Christ blood he shed for us! Notice his blood is a sign, a sign of the New Covenant (Testament). The words Testament and Covenant basically mean the same thing, that’s why the Bible is split between the Old Testament (Old Covenant) and New Testament (New Covenant)

When you take Communion, you are declaring that you are part of the New Covenant. Just as circumcision was a sign of the Old Covenant, Christ blood is the sign of the New Covenant. Are you covered by the blood of The Lamb?

So next time you take Communion, don’t just rush through it, examine yourself. Take time to Commune with The Lord, receive his gifts, and give him all the praise and glory he deserves!


The Anointing

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. Matthew 26:6-7

First lets notice where this event took place, at Simon The Leper house. People who had leprosy were considered unclean. Why would the Messiah be communing with this man? We see that Jesus is not only calling the righteous but the sinners!

Here we see a woman who pours a very expensive bottle of perfume on Jesus, what everyone didn’t realize is a revelation of the sacrifice Jesus was about to make for the world!

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. Matthew 26:8-9

Notice the disciples reaction, they accused the woman of wasting the perfume! They said this is a waste of money! Really? These are the disciples of Christ and they believe the anointing of Jesus is a waste of money? Obviously they just were not getting it or understanding at the moment

How about in todays Church? Don’t we see the same thing with Christians, “why waste that money on the poor”, “why give any money at all” Whatever we believe is valuable today is just filthy rags compared to the glory of what we receive from our Lord Jesus Christ!

When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. Matthew 26:10-11

Now notice Jesus reaction, he rebukes the disciples! Obviously the disciples didn’t understand what Jesus was about to do for the world. As Jesus tells them “You will not have me always” Hint Hint…

For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Matthew 26:12

Jesus makes a direct revelation here, she anointed his body for burial! This statement obviously went right over the heads of the disciples, as they didn’t understand Jesus is and would be our Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world! Amen!

Greatest Commandment

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Matthew 22:35-36

The religious leaders decided they wanted to challenge Jesus on The Law. Now the first question is what do they mean by The Law? To answer this question we must first understand the Old Testament, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai

Now if we study The Law in more depth, we will realize there are over 600 Laws in the Old Covenant. But the 10 Commandments are the foundation of Gods essence. These are not just rules to live by, this is a reflection of Gods nature and a mirror for our sinful nature

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus made this for simple for us, he broke down the 10 commandments into 2. Love God and Love Your Neighbor! If you cant remember the 10 commandments remember these two principles, because everything is summed up in these commandments

If we look at the first four commandments:

  1. Don’t worship other gods
  2. Don’t make graven images or idols
  3. Don’t take Gods name in vein
  4. Keep the Sabbath

These 4 commandments are all about loving God, so if you truly Love God, you keep these commandments without issue

  1. Honor your father and mother
  2. Don’t Kill
  3. Don’t commit Adultery
  4. Don’t steal
  5. Don’t lie or gossip about your neighbor
  6. Don’t want or envy what your neighbor has

These 5 commandments obviously reflect Loving your Neighbor, so if you Love and Love your Neighbor , you are fulfilling The Law, as Jesus said the entire Law and Prophets hang on Love God and Love your Neighbor

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17

Now I know what your thinking, I fail at the Law. Yes we have all fallen short and are sinners, this is why we need Jesus! The Law was handed down to Moses but Grace came through Christ! Jesus also gave us further revelation and explanation of The Law, just study The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5)