Monthly Archives: August 2022

Matthew 26- 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.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. 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. 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 26:36-41

Gethsemane is where Jesus came to die, the cross is only the evidence – Leonard Ravenhill

What did Ravenhill mean by this? Well this is where Christ knew His hour has come, to go to the cross, and pay for the sins of the world. We must remember Jesus is fully God and fully Human, He knew He was going to be tortured and put to death, however Christ did it because He loves us. Jesus went to the cross, as a demonstration of his love towards us,(Romans 5:8) there is no greater act of love than what Christ did on the cross for us!

Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake while He prayed to The Father, but the disciples repeatedly fell asleep. This is the same as the Church today, Jesus has continually told us to “Watch and Pray” however the Church is asleep. We have lost our focus on Christ, we have forgotten our mission to share the good news and be the hands and feet of Christ. 

Christ said “Watch and Pray , You don’t enter into temptation, the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (v41) The warning by Jesus, Don’t fall asleep! Don’t fall into the temptations of this world! Watch and Pray! Keep your lamps lit for the return of Christ!

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. 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. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. Matthew 26:42-46

While Jesus agonized over going to the cross, he sweated blood (Luke 22:44) Think about that! The Lord in anguish, continued in obedience and love to the cross! As Christ said “Thy Will Be Done”, Jesus was obedient to our Heavenly Father, even to the point of death on the cross! Reminds me of Philippians 2:6-11

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 26- The Sheep Are Scattered

Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Matthew 26:31-33

Jesus warns his Apostles, now that Christ is going to the cross, many Sheep are  going to be scattered and fall away because many will be offended of Jesus. This was prophesied in Zechariah 13:7, which Jesus quotes “Strike The Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered” As we know Christ is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) and we the Church (Christians) are his Sheep (John 10:14) As Christ prophesied in John 10, “I am the Good Shepherd , the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep” (John 10:11)

Peter makes a bold statement “I will never fall away or be offended, because of you” As we know Peter failed, as the majority of the Apostles hid for their lives while The Lord went to the cross. How many Sheep still today fall away to preserve their own lives? We see the Church scattering as the Liberal agendas are taking over our denominations, where are the Holy Spirit filled brothers and sisters to fight the takeover? Most of them have scattered and are hiding , or many have fallen away all together, and have abandoned the faith

Jesus said “Anyone who doesn’t take up their cross and follow me, is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38) Those who are not willing to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12) those who are not willing to lose their life for Christ , will never find eternal life (Matthew 10:39) Jesus then gave the good news “But after I am risen again, I will go before you” (v32)  Christ is Risen and defeated sin and death forever, this is the good news that we are already victorious through Jesus Christ (John 16:33)

Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. Matthew 26:34-35

Jesus prophecies to Peter, before the end of the night Peter will deny Christ three times. For Peter to hear this was shocking, and even after that, Peter vowed to never deny The Lord to even be willing to die for Christ, and the rest of the disciples said the same thing. But we know how the story goes, when push comes to shove, Peter denies he even knows Jesus three times.

Now before we keep beating up on Peter, we need to examine and ask ourselves, if we were in Peter’s shoes, would we have denied Christ also? It’s easy for us to say from our couch, No I would never deny Jesus, but when the sword is at your throat, will you still not fall away? Testing of our faith is a part of life, and as true Sheep of Christ, we need to get ready to endure it. 

If even its on a small scale in your daily life, how many co-workers or family members do you share your faith in Jesus with? Or if you see somebody on the street , do you share the gospel with them? Why not? Because you might offend someone? Or because your family might disown you? If you neglect to share Christ at these moments, then we are no better than Peter was, think about it!

Jesus is our Good Shepherd, we the Sheep know his voice and we follow him, the Shepherd laid down his life for the Sheep, never be ashamed of your Lord and Savior, Amen!

Matthew 26- The Lords Supper

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. 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. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matthew 26:26-30

The Lords Supper, also known as The Last Supper, Communion, or the Eucharist, is a supernatural event. Now I’m not talking about transubstantiation, I’m talking about Christ revealing his salvation by his body and blood, and the unity of the body of Christ through Communion. 

Jesus said “Do This in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19) Christ commanded us as Born Again believers to partake in Communion, however there are many Christians who neglect to come to The Lords table, why? Many theological differences and traditions of men, sidetrack Christians in enjoying the beauty of The Lords Supper. When you have a group of believers , fellowshipping and worshiping together with Christ at the center, it’s a beautiful thing for the Body of Christ

Notice Jesus says “ I eagerly desire to eat this Passover with you before my suffering” This was not only a Passover meal this was THE Passover meal. Christ is The Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) And Christ has fulfilled The Passover at this meal, as Jesus said of the cup “My Blood of The New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (v28)

The bread, symbolic of the body of Christ, broken on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins. Remember the sacrifice Christ made for your soul, everytime you come to The Lords Table to partake in Communion. The cup is symbolic of Christ’s blood which was shed to wash us clean from our sins. This is the foundation of your faith, this is why Communion should be central to your worship. 

The Apostle Paul said “Each one of us must examine ourselves before you eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:28) Communion is not only a good time to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but it’s a time to examine ourselves spiritually and repent of our sins. Don’t partake in Communion until you examine yourself, as Paul warns “whoever partakes in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:27)

Jesus said “Do This In Remembrance of Me” Don’t neglect coming to The Lords table, examine yourself daily, give Thanks to God for the salvation through Christ our Lord Amen!

Matthew 26- Never ReBorn

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. Matthew 26:14-16

When you try to think of the most evil names in human history, Judas is on the top of the list. Even people who are not Christians, can associate the name of Judas, with being a great villain. Probably one of the most hated people in history is Judas Iscariot, so how did this man become an Apostle? Was Judas ever really saved? Why did Christ allow Judas in his inner circle, when he knew Judas was going to betray him?

Whenever you talk about Judas, many thoughts and theological conversations are sparked. As we often hear “God works in mysterious ways” , God actually fulfilled His will by using the evil of Judas that was meant for Christ’s harm. It’s amazing how even when Satan thinks he’s won a battle, God is always in complete control. 

And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:12

Judas loved money more than he loved God, this is why Jesus warned about the love of money through his ministry (Matthew 19:24) Money has become Judas’ god, and when the opportunity came to make 30 pieces of silver, Judas chose his god, money. The amazing thing is God already knew this was going to happen, as prophesied by Zechariah

In the gospel of Luke it says “Satan entered Judas, then he discussed ways to betray Jesus” (Luke 22:3-4) So we see a storm brewing here, Judas love for money , then Satan uses that lust to betray Christ. It’s clear that Judas had a heart issue, he didn’t love The Lord God with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength. In the gospel of Mark it says “Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus” (Mark 14:11) So this was a premeditated crime, this was not a spontaneous act by Judas, he planned this out driven by his lust for money

 Then Jesus made the statement at the Last Supper “It would be better for him if he not been born” (Matt. 26:24) ,Christ revealed someone would betray him and there would be eternal damnation.  Judas replied was “Surely, not I Rabbi” and Christ replied “ You have said it yourself” (Matthew 26:25) Jesus called Judas out on his sin , before he even committed it, and Judas still denied it, like the devil he is

Reminds me of a quote from JC Ryle “Except a man be Born Again, he will wish he was never born at all”  Judas clearly wasn’t Born Again and He now probably wishes he was never born , as he’s most likely in Hell

Even though Judas Iscariot, was one of the original Apostles, he was never saved, he never loved Christ. He attended all the meetings, even broke bread with The Lord, but he never became Born Again!

Matthew 26- The Anointing

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 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 26:6-9

The first shocking part of this story , is a Leper named Simon was hosting a dinner, as we know from the Old Covenant, people with leprosy were outcasts and not allowed to associate with “clean” people in society. (Leviticus 13:46) However it’s clear, the former Leper named Simon was healed by Christ! This story is an indication of the New Covenant, this story demonstrates who Jesus truly is, The Christ, the Son of God, The Lord in the flesh

The woman is identified in the gospel of John, as Mary, the sister of Lazarus (John 12) So not only did Jesus heal Simon the Leper, who may have been the father of Mary, but Christ also raised Lazarus from the dead. It’s very clear to this family who Jesus is, they know He is the Son of God, and they are honoring him with the praise Christ is worthy of receiving.

The ointment or perfume was worth alot of money, it was estimated to be worth almost a year’s salary. (John 12:5) Judas , who Jesus called a devil (John 6:70)obviously cared more about money than he did about honoring Christ. The heart issue of Judas was revealed, even though he had seen the same miracles this family witnessed, he rejected Christ and loved the world more!

But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. Matthew 26:10-13

Jesus openly rebukes Judas for picking on Mary, this had to really bruise Judas ego. Women in the first Century were looked down upon in society, so for Christ to rebuke Judas to defend Mary, was a culture shock at the moment!

Jesus makes a profound statement “She has poured the ointment on my body for my burial” Christ was once again prophesying about his death as the Lamb of God (Isaiah 53) Mary’s act of worship and obedience will be remembered forever, strive to live from an eternal perspective and not for this dying world, Amen!

Matthew 26- The Lamb of God

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people. Matthew 26:1-5

When the prophet Isaiah described the Messiah, he called him “The Suffering Servant” (Isaiah 53) When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him he said “Behold The Lamb of God , who will take away the sin of the world “ ( John 1:29) Christ came to die for our sins, this is what Jesus explained to his apostles, over and over again. As Jesus said “The Son of Man is betrayed and to be crucified” 

It’s important to understand that Jesus willingly came to lay down his life for us, as Jesus said  “ No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:18) Jesus wasn’t defeated at the cross, Jesus defeated sin, death, and Satan at the cross! 

Think about the love God demonstrated for us , that Christ willingly laid down his life because Christ loves us (Romans 5:8)  This is the power of the gospel, this is why Jesus is the good news to the world, because without Christ going to the cross, we are spiritually dead in our sins and are headed to eternal Hell. It’s only because of the loving action of Christ, that we can inherit eternal life, without Christ there is absolutely no hope for humanity

Why did Jesus have to die? Well first because we are all sinners, we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and The wages or penalty of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23) Therefore because Jesus Christ is God in human flesh (John 1:14, Isaiah 9:6) Christ is the only one who can be the atonement for our sin, Christ is the only One who can bear the penalty of our sin for us. He who knew no sin, became our sin, so we can become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

When Jesus told the apostles he was going to die for them, Peter responded “Lord this shall not happen to You” and Jesus responded “Get behind me Satan” (Matthew 16:22-23) Why? Because the only way for our salvation is through Christ going to the cross for us! Amen!