I am just a girl who loves Jesus Christ more than I could ever express in words. I am the wife to my husband of twenty years and a mommy to six precious children. This blog reveals the presence of God in the midst of my life story.
26 "When Jesus had finished saying all these things..." (Matthew 26:1a) What things? From Matthew chapter twenty-one until Matthew chapter 23, we read how the teachers of the law and Pharisees were testing Jesus and how Jesus spoke against their hypocrisy. Jesus spoke clearly that the teachers of the law and Pharisees were 'brood of vipers,' 'snakes,' blind guides and condemned to hell.' He was not only trying to tell them that He knows their heart, but for the people to see and hear the truth about their teachers and not follow their teachings any longer. Then from Matthew chapter twenty-four until chapter twenty-five, Jesus spoke to the people on being ready for His return. He has said what He can to prepare their hearts for why He came to this earth and then He says it plainly... "he said to his disciples,2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:1b-2) I do not know what reaction the people had to hearing Jesus state those words, "...the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified," but I shutter every time I read them. He knew what they were to do to Him and He states it plainly. He is trying to prepare the people in the crowd for what will be happening to their leader. I can never wrap my mind around how Jesus loved the people and tried to challenge the teachers of the law and Pharisees when He knew all along what they were going to do to Him. That is God. God loving us no matter what.
3 "Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” (Matthew 26:3-5) After trying to trap Jesus over and over again and Jesus proving that: a) He cannot be tricked or trapped, b) He has more wisdom and understanding of the Word of God than they did, and c) He could read their minds and hearts and speak directly to it, they were still not convicted to change their ways or convinced that Jesus was indeed their Messiah is completely unbelievable to me. How can one's heart be so hardened that Jesus cannot penetrate it? "When Jesus had finished saying these things..." (Matthew 26:1a) He announces His own death at the hands of the very teachers of the law and Pharisees that have been teaching the people and following Jesus around. Their response? "and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” (Matthew 26:4-5) It is so completely unreal to me that they are not changed in the presence of God and they think that Jesus doesn't already know what they are about to do. They think they are under His radar with their planning and scheming. He knows His death will be because of them and He knows how He will die, but He knows something they do not know- He will rise again! Pray with me: Jesus, thank you for your loving kindness and patience even with your enemies. Thank you for coming to this earth knowing that you came to die on that cross to save me from my sins. Thank you for going to the cross to reconcile me to the you and the Father. Jesus keep my heart open, my eyes open and my ears open to you. Help me never to wander away from you. Keep me close to your heart. I love you, Jesus. In Jesus' Name, Amen.