Abide Together: Reflections on Matthew 26
In Mathew 26 God through Matthew records the plot to kill Jesus, Jesus’ anointing by the woman, Judas’ betrayal, the Last Passover/First Lord’s Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas’ betrayal kiss, Jesus’ arrest, Jesus’ before Caiaphas and Peter’s denial. Each of these events is building toward the cross, burial and resurrection – which is the pinnacle of the Bible. The thing that stands out to me in this chapter is Jesus’ words in verse 38 when speaking to Peter, James and John, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death…” His emotions are at an all time high, yet He says that He will do the Father’s will 3 times. Jesus says this, because He lived His life based on truth instead of emotions. When faced with difficult decisions, I must make my decision based on truth and not on my emotions or feelings. Emotion based decisions bring glory to me and truth based decisions bring glory to God. Lord, just like Jesus, empower me to make decisions based on Your Truth and not my emotions, so that You alone will be glorified.
– Bryan McKenzie
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