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Matthew 26:4

Matthew 26:4

Jesus gave His disciples an in-depth teaching session on the Mount of Olives, two days before He was crucified. The men were curious to know about the end of the age, when Christ would bring in the promised time of peace and prosperity and set up His Messianic kingdom. No doubt they were all anticipating places of honour in the coming kingdom, but Jesus needed to prepare them for events in the near future, as well as giving signs, to read more...

Matthew 26:28

Matthew 26:28

Christ's life and ministry had been journeying towards the appointed time, when He would become Israel's final Passover sacrifice. Every year since their escape from Egypt, Jews and Jewish proselytes celebrated the Passover, which looked back to their salvation from Egyptian slavery, and forward to the promised Messiah, Whom John the Baptist identified as Jesus, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.

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Matthew 26:40

Matthew 26:40

Was it disinterest in their Master's sufferings that caused the disciples to fall asleep at this critical time in Christ's passion, or was it as suggested by Luke that they were overwhelmed with sleep on account of their own sorrow, which caused them all to slip into the safety of unconscious sleep? Exhaustion, fatigue, sorrow and grief at the shocking uncertainty of all that had crowded into their increasingly fearful hearts was clearly taking its toll, and read more...

Matthew 26:41

Matthew 26:41

The accelerating events leading up to Christ's sacrifice on the cross, are witnessed in these final chapters of Matthew's gospel as multiple prophecies of His passion spill onto the pages of holy writ.

Mary of Betheny had anointed Jesus with precious perfume from her alabaster box, in readiness for His fast approaching crucifixion. Judas had left to betray his Master and Jesus had instituted the Lord Supper, following that final read more...