Matthew 26 Final–Here, Let Me Help You Out!

As Jesus sat before his accusers, He knew they would be unable to put together the proof they needed to convict Him and have Him crucified.  Almost like an episode of the “Keystone Cops”,  these men paraded false witness after false witness simply to substantiate the allegations–all failed. Jesus sat quietly, He knew that they would never be able to prove a charge by His words, because He only spoke the truth; and the truth was not blasphemy.

Still, there was the mission. Jesus was to be the sacrificial lamb–so when the chief priest asked Him ,”Are you the Messiah?” He decided to help them out.  “You Have Said it!” Jesus replied. Jesus had to make their case for them.  When He did, Jesus knew what would follow. Amazingly, Jesus was OK with it. So, as the Keystone cops reveled in their victory and abused the Son of God, he quietly paid the price and made the sacrifice for those He loved.

Jesus cares for us with the same measure that He cared for His disciples and the world.  He was willingly ready to give up His Life, His deity and His connection to the Father–so that our relationship could be restored.  So, we as His chosen, must be ready to move forward and trust Him.  Paul laid out the plan–“Set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above; not on earthly things.” We have to set our mind on eternal things and live lives that honor God and Christ who gave up everything so that we could have a relationship with Him. 

God Bless You

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest.He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

Finally two came forward 61 and b, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God:Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”[e]

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”

“He is worthy of death,” they answered.

67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

Matthew 26 Part 4–The “Arrest”

Make no mistake, Jesus truly gave His life willingly. Over the course of the next 24 hours, Jesus easily could have ended the arrest, prosecution and execution. He could simply have called down a few thousand angels to wipe the men out. He could have spoken and all before him would have been driven to their knees. Jesus was God, but in those moments, He voluntarily gave up His power and authority–to provide for us salvation and a restored relationship with God.  It could not have been easy, His disdain for the religious elite was apparent and giving them the victory (or so it seemed), had to be difficult to do.  But Jesus did willingly accept the events that were happening; simply because He loved us.

When we wonder if God is real, when we wonder if He truly makes a difference; we must go back to the very sacrifice He made for us.  He willingly stepped forward and was arrested that day.  If we doubt His power, let’s remember John’s account, (Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to Him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am He,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.) They did none of the things to Jesus without His willingness. He showed the leaders and the guards His majesty, even in his arrest and persecution.  

When we follow the Lord, we follow a great and mighty Savior. His sacrifice was not a surprise, nor was it beyond His control–Jesus simply wanted us to know how much He truly loves us and is willing to do to have a personal relationship with us.  Thanks Lord, for your gift and your sacrifice.

God Bless You

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.