Matthew Lesson 26 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 26 Day 5

Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46

10. a. When facing the cross, Jesus . . .

Jesus knew the humiliation and intense, prolonged physical pain he faced in the coming hours. He also knew those closest to him would desert him in fear, temporarily.

Humanly speaking, Jesus faced the physical pain and suffering of being beaten beyond recognition, then nailed to a cross.

Knowing how difficult this would be for His mother, His friends, and His disciples to watch, must have been emotionally painful.

Even great than this, Jesus faced the agony of carrying the sin and disease of the whole of humanity. I’m not sure that shows His humanity. Could a mere human comprehend taking this on himself?

He also knew His Father would have to look away. That must have been the greatest agony of all—experiencing a taste of the eternal separation from God those who die in their sin will experience for eternity.

b. Jesus three prayers.

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” An angel appeared to Him and strengthened Him.

“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Jesus seems to have His answer—there was no other way to accomplish what He was sent to do.

Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. His answer, “The hour has come.”

c. When His closest friends repeatedly fell asleep, Jesus said, “are you asleep?”

“Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” NIV

The second time Jesus came back and found them sleeping, Mark includes

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Mark 14:
“They did not know what to say to Him.” Mark 14:39

Luke includes,

“Jesus went out as usual…” Luke 22:39 This verse also refers to the place as “Mount of Olives” rather than Gethsemane.
“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” Luke 22:43
“his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 22:44
He found the disciples asleep “exhausted from sorrow.” Luke 22:45

11. Jesus’ humanity revealed

His prayers reveal —

Jesus did not sin, but we can feel his angst about facing the physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma that he soon faced. Yet he remained obedient.

He experienced rejection, pain, abuse, exhaustion, and humiliation.

But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. Isaiah 53:4-6 The Message

12. What amazing love!

Thank you for your obedience to the plans and purposes established before the foundations of the world.

How can I ever find the words to express the thanks you deserve for all that you’ve done for me. I don’t deserve it, I could never earn, yet you suffered (to put it mildly), and willingly died for me, for my family, for my friends, for my enemies—for everyone!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 13:15

Day 6

In 2014, the study of this passage was “Jesus’ sacrificial love for us.”

I desire to be a constant reflection of that love to everyone I meet. May I spread the too-good-to-be-true-news to the world.

When Jesus said, “It is finished!” it was! He conquered sin, sickness, and death for us. Hallelujah!

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