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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday Before EASTER...

The Last Supper

Matthew 26:17-30 
Mark 14:12-26   
Luke 22:7-30

1.   Jesus gave thanks to God before eating the meal.

While they were eating, 
Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks... 
Matthew 26:26

2.  Jesus died so that the sins of mankind would be forgiven.

3.   Followers of Jesus will celebrate with Jesus again in God's kingdom.  

I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of 
the vine from now on until that day when 
I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Matthew 26:29

4.   Jesus' death ratified a new covenant between God and his people.  

5.   Jesus told his followers to eat the bread together as a way to remember his death and what he did for them.  

...“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus speaks to the disciples in the upper room

Matthew 26:30-35
Mark 14:27-31
Luke 22:31-38

Jesus tells them that Peter will deny Him.  

Prayer at Mount Olives/The struggles in Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36-46
Mark 14:32-42

1.   Gethsemane: About 1 mile from Jerusalem at The Mount of Olives

2.   This area was familiar to Jesus and the disciples. They had rested and prayed there before.

3.   Probably one of Jesus’ favorite spots.

4.   Jesus asked his disciple to sit and wait while he prayed. Perhaps they were to guard against interruption while he prayed. He took 3 of his other disciples with him.

~Imagine the feelings that he wrestled with that night. Foreseeing his own pain and suffering yet still wanting to please God. 

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed 
that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” 
he said, “everything is possible for you. 
Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Mark 14:35-36 

Jesus is betrayed and arrested

Matthew 26:47-56
Mark 14:43-52
Luke 22:47-53

Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed and by whom he was going to be betrayed by.  

How was the Betrayal and arrest of Jesus a demonstration of his sacrificial love?  

1.  Jesus allowed this to happen to himself.  He did not fight back nor defend himself .  

2.  He could have called 12 legions of angels to deliver him but he didn't (26:53)

3.  Refused to allow Peter to defend him by force.  

4.  Even as his own life was in jeopardy he was looking out for the well-being of his disciples. (John 18:8)

In the end...The betrayal and arrest of Jesus demonstrates...

1. The knowledge and wisdom of God.

2.  The Sacrificial love of Jesus.  

3.  God knew all the while that this would happen, so God incorporated these events into the over all plan to save sinful people by giving Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.   

4.   Jesus, in His infinite love, permitted himself to be betrayed and arrested even though it was well within his power to escape.  

5.   Jesus knew he could not save himself and us at the same time.  So he chose to save us.