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107: Final Plans Made and Confirmed

May 15, 2009

Major Text: Matthew 26:1-5; 14-16

Harmony Texts:

Matt. 26:1-5         Mark 14:1-2         Luke 21:37-22:2
Matt. 26:14-16    Mark 14:10-11    Luke 22:3-6

Outline:

  1. Jesus Confirms His Death Matt. 26:1-2
  2. Chief Priests/Elders Plan in Earnest Matt. 26:3-5
  3. Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus Matt. 26:14-16

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus concludes His discussion concerning the end of the age late Tuesday night. He and His disciples are now staying in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mt. of Olives. Wednesday seems to be a day of rest before making preparations for their Passover meal late Thursday evening. Thus, I surmise that the meeting arrangements between the Chief Priest/elders and Judas took place on Wednesday.

Another option is that Jesus and His disciples traveled to Bethany for supper and the anointing of Jesus by Mary. Such would be the order given in the synoptic gospels. I, along with the editors placed this dinner on Saturday night prior to Jesus’ triumphal entry on Sunday. There are reasonable arguments for either day per the notes given in the NIV Harmony of the Gospels by Thomas and Gundry.

This is as good a place as any to discuss why it took Judas to deliver Jesus into the hands of the High Priest. It makes more sense after one has seen the Garden and the Mount of Olives. First, the Mount of Olives covers a large area but the Garden is relatively small. This area was probably crowded with pilgrims who were there to celebrate the Passover. The Jewish leaders needed someone to lead them to where Jesus could be found without causing a lot of commotion. Judas could do just that, lead them to where Jesus and His disciples were camping without disturbing any of the other pilgrims and causing a riot. The pictures portraying this betrayal do not show people other than the disciples. But I don’t think that was the true situation. I think this mountain was covered with people and therefore, the Jewish leaders needed Judas to lead them to where Jesus was staying in the Garden.

Lessons/Applications:

  1. The Sovereignty of God is being fully exercised. You can not fight it. Even Jesus is yielded to it. Yield to it. Accept it. Any short term suffering will always be overcome by eternal joy.
  2. The decisions one makes are critical. Bad decisions, wrong decisions, are always made when one places themselves above everybody else, including the Lord Jesus Christ.

Don’t Sell Out to Self;

Sell Out to Jesus.

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Final Plans Made and Confirmed

Major Text: Matthew 26:1-5; 14-16

Harmony Texts: Matt. 26:1-5 Mark 14:1-2 Luke 21:37-22:2

Matt. 26:14-16 Mark 14:10-11 Luke 22:3-6

Outline: I. Jesus Confirms His Death Matt. 26:1-2

II. Chief Priests/Elders Plan in Earnest Matt. 26:3-5

III. Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus Matt. 26:14-16

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus concludes His discussion concerning the end of the age late Tuesday night. He and His disciples are now staying in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mt. of Olives. Wednesday seems to be a day of rest before making preparations for their Passover meal late Thursday evening. Thus, I surmise that the meeting arrangements between the Chief Priest/elders and Judas took place on Wednesday.

Another option is that Jesus and His disciples traveled to Bethany for supper and the anointing of Jesus by Mary. Such would be the order given in the synoptic gospels. I, along with the editors placed this dinner on Saturday night prior to Jesus’ triumphal entry on Sunday. There are reasonable arguments for either day per the notes given in the NIV Harmony of the Gospels by Thomas and Gundry.

This is as good a place as any to discuss why it took Judas to deliver Jesus into the hands of the High Priest. It makes more sense after one has seen the Garden and the Mount of Olives. First, the Mount of Olives covers a large area but the Garden is relatively small. This area was probably crowded with pilgrims who were there to celebrate the Passover. The Jewish leaders needed someone to lead them to where Jesus could be found without causing a lot of commotion. Judas could do just that, lead them to where Jesus and His disciples were camping without disturbing any of the other pilgrims and causing a riot. The pictures portraying this betrayal do not show people other than the disciples. But I don’t think that was the true situation. I think this mountain was covered with people and therefore, the Jewish leaders needed Judas to lead them to where Jesus was staying in the Garden.

Lessons/Applications:

1. The Sovereignty of God is being fully exercised. You can not fight it. Even Jesus is yielded to it. Yield to it. Accept it. Any short term suffering will always be overcome by eternal joy.

2. The decisions one makes are critical. Bad decisions, wrong decisions, are always made when one places themselves above everybody else, including the Lord Jesus Christ.

Don’t Sell Out to Self;

Sell Out to Jesus.

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