Jesus’ very last instruction, before He entered into His sufferings for the sins of mankind, was that of #3, judgment and severe punishment in the eternal fires of hell for all who will not #6, repent and #7, believe. This was seen in 25:41 and 46. Closing with Matthew 26 thru 28, we come to His betrayal, trial, crucifixion and resurrection from the dead.
In chapter 26, Jesus opens with a specific #5 Gospel mention of His crucifixion in verse 2. He said, ‘As you know…’ but, they really did not. Tuesday of Passion Week ends with verse 16, and the account of Judas agreeing to betray Jesus to the Jewish religious leaders. ‘Silent Wednesday’ is verses 17 thru 35. They tell of The Last Supper and the inauguration of that which we call The Lord’s Supper. Matthew 26:28 is a key #5, Gospel verse. The pouring out of Jesus’ Blood on the Cross was to result in the actual forgiveness by God of many people’s #2, sins against Him, once for all time. It would affect forgiveness for all who would #6, repent and #7, believe on Jesus, the Messiah and Savior. This would result in their #8, New Birth of salvation. The chapter then goes to the prediction of Peter’s denial in verses 31 thru 35, and the #5, Gospel mention of His resurrection in verse 32; and His agony in Gethsemane, as He prayed 3 times in verses 36 thru 46 for the necessary grace to go through with all we read of next. With verses 47 thru 56, Judas leads a contingent who come to Gethsemane and arrest Jesus. It is Thursday. He is taken before the assembled Sanhedrin and the High Priest, Caiaphas in verses 57 thru 68, where He is condemned to die for blasphemy, claiming to be the Messiah and Son of God; and in verses 69 thru 75, Peter disowns his Master.
Chapter 27 records the matters of Judas’ suicide in verses 1 thru 10; Jesus’ bogus ‘trial’ and condemnation before Pilate in verses 11 thru 26, with His mocking by the soldiers in verses 27 thru 31, before He was led out to be crucified. With verses 32 thru 44, we have His crucifixion and mocking by the others; and then His death with verse 50, His burial in verses 57 thru 61, and the guarding of His tomb recorded with verses 62 thru 66. Jesus the Messiah and Savior is crucified, dead and buried! Fini!
Not so fast! There is one more chapter; 28. At dawn on Sunday, women went to the tomb, and an angel rolls away the stone. This angel tells the women that Jesus, who was crucified had risen from the dead! They could see that He was not in the tomb any longer! They ran to tell the Disciples, when Jesus met them. They fell at His feet to worship Him, and He instructs these women to tell His Disciples to meet Him in Galilee, where He commands them to make disciples from out of all people groups; baptizing them and teaching them of the #9, New Life instructions He had commanded them earlier. We, too, are to believe upon, worship and live for Him… it’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell