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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)

 

 

Cleanse The Temple

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 21:12-13

One of the great foreshadowing events of Christ was the cleansing of The Temple. Now you might say what is prophetic about this moment? Many things, first we must understand The Temple and its function. At this point the only place God resided on Earth was in the Temple. To make atonement for your sin, you must go to the Temple

However the Temple became corrupted by man. Instead of a gateway to God it became as Jesus said a “Den of Thieves” , they made God a business, does this sound familiar today? But Jesus cleared them out, he cleansed The Temple!

And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, Matthew 21:14-15

Now while Jesus may have offended many with his actions, the blind and lame came to him for healing! While there are those who are offended by Jesus, those who answer his call shall be healed! And the people continued to praise him “Hosanna to the Son of David”!

This offended and upset the religious leaders, they wanted to be praised but the people praised the Son of God!

And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 21:16

These people didn’t have degrees in theology or years of training with the religious leaders. They had faith in Christ that he is the Messiah, the Son of God! As the famous expression comes from the scripture “From the mouth of babes”

Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 2:19

So where are the foreshadows you might ask?

  1. Jesus foretold of the destruction of the Temple
  2. Jesus foretold of his resurrection as his body is the new temple
  3. This is foreshadow of our bodies being the Temple of God (1 Corinthians) and we must cleanse it from sin

 

Eyes Are Opened

And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. Matthew 20:29-30

Picture this, a great crowd is now following Jesus, imagine being at a large parade and they are all their to see Jesus. There is two blind beggars sitting on the side of the street, screaming at the top of their lungs, Have Mercy On Us, Lord Son of David!

Do you think Jesus would even be able to hear these men, or see them? Do these men think they wont even be noticed in a large multitude? They didn’t care, they cried out to Jesus in faith and desperation

And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. Matthew 20:31

The crowd was telling them to shut up already, but the blind men instead of keeping quiet they started shouting even louder! Notice the title they are giving Jesus, Son of David, what does that mean? That means these mean knew Jesus is the Messiah!

And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. Matthew 20:32-33

Notice even though the large crowd, Jesus heard them and acknowledged them! Also notice Jesus asked them specifically what they wanted and they told him! When were talking with God, remember to be specific and bring your requests and praises to him!

They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. Matthew 20:34

I like the translation of the KJV the best, because their awakening is not just a physical one but a spiritual also! When your Born Again, Jesus will open your eyes!

So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. Matthew 20:35

Jesus had compassion on them! Jesus didn’t tell them to leave him alone or get lost, we showed his mercy on them. And immediately they received sight! Didn’t happen over years of theological training, it happened immediately! When you become saved, you start to look at the entire world differently

Lastly it says, they followed Jesus. When Jesus calls you and opens your eyes, there is no turning back! Amen!

 

 

Fig Tree

Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Matthew 21:17-20

What is the symbolism of the fig tree? Well I think to properly understand this we need to look back at Jesus teachings in Matthew 7. Jesus said  “Any tree that doesn’t bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire” (Matthew 7:19) Notice Jesus came to this fig tree looking for some fruit and found none, what was his response? He cursed the fig tree

Jesus also demonstrated his Deity and power over all things. We all know that when we plant a tree it takes a long time for it to grow or die. However instantly with the words spoken by Jesus the tree withered and died. This should be a sharp warning for all of us, as Jesus said those who don’t bear good fruit will be cut down

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Matthew 21:21

Just as we might feel Jesus crushed us with his revelation of the Fig Tree He empowers us with the revelation of our faith. Jesus said if we have true faith we can whither that fig tree also or we can move mountains!

Its amazing to think and realize, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead is living inside of us! (Romans 8:11) What we learn from this teaching of Jesus:

  1. Be fruitful with good fruit! (Matthew 7)
  2. True faith you can move mountains

The Transfiguration

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Matthew 17:1-2

The transfiguration is one of the amazing events in the Bible not many people talk about. First lets notice the location of the transfiguration, throughout the Bible anytime there was a great event with God it usually happened on a mountain. And notice the company Jesus took with him. He didn’t bring just anyone, he brought a few from his inner circle who truly believed in Him

Jesus face shined like the Sun and his clothes were as very bright light, exactly the way he appears in Revelation. Jesus is revealing his true glory and deity even before his resurrection.

And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Matthew 17:3

Notice who appears with Jesus, Moses and Elijah. Now if there is no afterlife, if we don’t have a living soul, how are these guys standing with Jesus at this moment? Many false doctrines of Soul Sleep destroyed in a moment.

But what do these prophets represent? We know Moses represents The Law and Elijah represents The Prophets. Jesus is revealing the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets through Him (Matthew 5:17)

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:5

The our Heavenly Father is heard announcing Jesus is the Son of God! His command was very clear “Listen To Him”! Anyone who rejects the Son is rejecting the Father!

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. Matthew 17:6-7

What was the reaction of the disciples? They fell on their faces in fear! But Jesus told them “Get Up and Don’t be Afraid”! Because of Christ redeeming us for our sins, we can come in the presence of the Father without Fear.

And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead Matthew 17:8-9

When the disciples finally had the courage to life their heads, who did they see? Only Jesus! Keep your eyes fixed on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Notice this was a prophetic revelation Jesus was sharing with these men.

Not only was Jesus revealing his Deity but also prophesying about his resurrection! This is the Beloved Son of God, Listen To Him! Amen!

The Canaanite Woman

And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. Matthew 15:22

Not to first understand this story, we need to understand the history and relationship between the Israelites and the Canaanites. Obviously the Canaanites are most famous for when God commanded Israel to wipe them out because of their wickedness. The Canaanites were a pagan centric society that believed in sacrificing their children to false gods among other things

So when a Canaanite woman came to approach the Jewish Messiah, you could probably expect this encounter would not go well. What would make this woman believe she could even approach the Messiah? Obviously because she really needed help and she really believed who Jesus is! She even addressed him as Lord (Master)

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. Matthew 15:23

The disciples had no mercy for her, they wanted Jesus to send her away. Rebuke this Canaanite Woman, who does she think she is! Doesn’t this sound like the Church today? Rebuke these sinners! Send them all to Hell!

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15:24

Jesus challenges her faith, I AM the Messiah of Israel! This is what all of Israel believed in the beginning. They believed Jesus was the powerful Messiah that would wipe out all their enemies and make Israel reign from Earth! But they were mistaken!

Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. Matthew 15:25-26

Notice her reaction, she came and worshipped Jesus! Look at the humility she demonstrated; this is true repentance! Jesus then responds and calls her a dog! What? But what does she call him? Lord (Master) She is throwing herself at the mercy of the Master!

But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Matthew 15:26-27

Again Jesus calls her a dog, he basically says to her he came to save Israel not the Gentiles! She replies shes willing to be a dog if she could even be at the Lords Table! How desperate are you to be in the presence of your Lord? How desperate do you want to be at The Lords table?

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Matthew 15:28

Jesus does the unthinkable, he heals the Canaanite womans daughter because of her great faith! I could only imagine the face of his disciples, as they wanted to throw her out for even approaching Jesus. He praises her for her amazing faith!

This sets the tone for Gods redemption story for humanity, not just for Israel but for everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus! Amen!