Since we covered much of this in Matthew, here are some thoughts on each section of our reading today:
- Did you catch the connection between spiritual maturity and prayer in 14:38? “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” How often do we give into sin because we haven’t been praying?
- The servants ear was healed by Jesus (Luke 22:51). What a contrast between Jesus and the disciples!
- Nothing here caught Jesus by surprise. It had all been foretold, which is why we should look to the Bible for truth!
- Isaiah 53:7-9 “He was treated harshly and afflicted, but he did not even open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not even open his mouth. He was led away after an unjust trial— but who even cared? Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded. They intended to bury him with criminals, but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, because he had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully.”
- Zechariah 13:7 “‘Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is my associate,’ says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. ‘Strike the shepherd that the flock may be scattered; I will turn my hand against the insignificant ones.'”
- The religious authorities hoped to condemn Jesus on the charge of destroying the temple (even though He was referring to His body), which was a capital offense. However they couldn’t even get their lackeys to agree on that! Finally, when the High Priest asks Him if He is the Christ, he responds by saying, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven” (14:62). Remember when He told others not to reveal who had helped them? No longer. The time is fulfilled. The kingdom of God is truly at hand!
- Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
- How ironic that it would be a kiss that betrayed Jesus. And then Peter’s denials come close on the heals of Judas’ betrayal, causing a different kind of pain. Hopefully we will spend our lives trying to not cause that kind of pain to our Lord and Savior.
For worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSzKiUTov_w