Is there anything in your life too good to give Jesus? Is there any sacrifice too great? Is there something you’ve been holding back when you could have done it – or given it to Him?
The stage is set and the players are all in place for the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus, and His time on earth is drawing to a close.
The narrative of the death and sufferings of Christ is more detailed and fully recorded by all four gospels than any part of his history. The year of the redeemed had arrived, the seventy weeks determined were now accomplished, when transgression must be finished, reconciliation made, and an everlasting righteousness brought in, by the cutting off of Messiah the Prince, (Daniel 9:24,26).
Today’s message in chapter 26 consists of four parts, preliminaries to Christ’s sufferings:
- The previous notice given by him to his disciples, 26:1, 2.
- The rulers’ conspiracy against him, 26:3-5.
- The anointing of Jesus at a supper in Bethany, 26:6-13.
- Judas’s bargain with the priests to betray him, 26:14-16.
Shockingly, Jesus predicts every detail of his sufferings, that they are right at the door of history – in fact, He said it would happen in just two days! Can you imagine?
Remember, all these events had been foreseen from eternity and He knowingly offered Himself as the Word became flesh for this very purpose: to give His life a ransom.
Matthew 26:1-2, Jesus reminds His disciples of His coming suffering and crucifixion.
Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
“…when Jesus finished all these sayings” What sayings? Matthew 25:44-46 for context.
Jesus warned the multitudes about the corrupt religious leadership and He spoke to His disciples about things to come. Now, it was time for Jesus to fulfill His work on the cross. Thinking about the sufferings Christ endured – the tortures of the cross – gives great comfort and support to suffering believers in Him.
- “Having instructed his disciples and the Jews by his many teachings, edified them by his example, convinced them by his miracles, he now prepares to redeem them by his blood!”
Jesus refuted their erroneous idea that it was impossible the Messiah should suffer. Christ, our Passover lamb, was sacrificed for us. (1 Cor. 5:7)
- “…after two days is the Passover” – Jesus alone knew the true meaning of the Pesach, the Passover, that He was the paschal lamb, whose blood was to provide a shelter from the judgment of God for all who put their trust in Him.
- But, in their zeal for the Jewish religion and customs, they felt threatened by His teachings and were willing to go to any length to remove Him from the scene.
Click here for study notes, rough transcript of video below, and notes on the Plot against Jesus as well as His anointing, betrayal, and what we can takeaway from Matthew 26:1-16
Message by author and pastor, David Fiorazo, at Freedom Fellowship Church, Kaukauna, WI 9/22/19