Matthew 26

Vs. 15, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.”  It has begun.  Mary seems to know the ramifications of what is going to happen and anoints Jesus with her perfume (vs. 6-13).  Sadly, the one who rebuked her would be the one who would sell out Jesus (vs. 14-16).  What a contrast between these two!  We move on to the Last Supper as Jesus would spend his last night with those whom He loved (vs. 17-30).  I will expound upon Peter in the application section.  The garden scene always touches my heart as Jesus would prepare himself for us (vs. 36-46).  The sadness would begin as Jesus stands before the Sanhedrin (vs. 57-67).  I want to go in and defend Jesus as he is beaten and spit upon (vs. 67), yet…we would have scattered like the rest of Jesus’ disciples.

 

Regarding application…Who Me?  Vs. 33, “Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”  Question: What would you have done?  Peter reminds us that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  But this denial of Peter isn’t really about Peter is it?  It’s about Jesus’ forgiveness.  Sometimes we have a higher estimation of ourselves, but compared to Jesus we are all sinners.  Question: Who me?  Yes you…Jesus loves you anyway.  Even when you fall, even when you fail him, even when you want to give up…Jesus still loves you.  That’s grace.  That’s forgiveness.  This weekend, the Youth Group was really challenged about these two topics.  What good is it if we don’t apply God’s word.  Jesus extended forgiveness to Peter and to all that fateful night.  And yes…also to you.  Pray that this week you can do something to show grace, mercy and forgivness this week!