The Unanswered Prayer Matthew 26:36-46

Matthew 26:36-46 Introduction:  Any Star Wars geeks?  But in that first movie—Star Wars, A New Hope—when we meet the characters we would grow to love:  Luke, Leia, Han, and Obi Wan Kenobi (Old Ben).  Don’t base your spirituality on George Lucas’ New Age mysticism, but we can see a principle at play—there’s a bigger vision…

He Gives Us Himself Matthew 26:26-29

Matthew 26:26-35 Introduction:  in the story of Jesus’ life, we’re at a big moment It’s also a big moment in the story of the Bible  At this meal Jesus focused on three things:  1.  Fulfillment; 2.  His Sacrifice;  3.  The Purpose And he ended that first Lord’s Supper with a promise, “tell you I will…

The Dreaded Cup Matthew 26:26-36

Matthew 26:36-46 Introduction:  last week I mentioned in one point that Jesus is our representative The setting:  Gethsemane was on the Mt. of Olives.  Gethsemane is a Hebrew word that means “oil press”—it was where the olives were taken to be pressed into oil And it’s where Jesus chose to make the most intense prayer…

Denying Jesus Matthew 26:30-35

Matthew 26:30-35 Introduction: Before we consider the disciples’ denying Jesus, I think it’s particularly important that we notice the end of v. 32 ,  “but after I am raised up I will go before you to Galilee.” Today we’re reminded that Jesus is our strength, turn to him, you might deny him, in fact you…

Lowest Common Denominator Matthew 26:14-25

Matthew 26:14-25 Introduction:  Looking at this again:  seeing the main points here instead of the secondary (important-but secondary() point we looked at last week Particularly focusing on the events and the two main characters here:  Jesus and Judas. On Jesus’ part: On Judas part: The Narrative:  the setup (Judas plots to betray Jesus); the story.…

The Betrayer Matthew 26:14-16

Matthew 26:14-16 (Sorry there’s no video for this sermon, the battery in the camera died) Introduction:  I’ve never met anyone named Judas.  Have you? It has every negative connotation of a bad person associated with it Not just any ol’ Betrayer either—Judas Iscariot is the man who betrayed Jesus of Nazareth, he is the. Single.…

Helplessness Matthew 26:17-25

Matthew 26:17-25 Introduction:  raise your hand if you think you’re God. That’s good…no one raised their hand Just one example—Genesis 4 It’s the same here in our passage Today:  Helplessness—why being helpless is a good thing.   1.  God’s in Control;  2. Our Response to God’s Control;  3.  Helplessness leads to Humility Do you feel helpless? …

For Love of the Savior Matthew 26:6-13

It appears that during the passion week Jesus probably spent his evenings and nights in Bethany There are so many reasons to love your Savior above all else, and God gives us ways to increase our love, not least of all, communion with Him.  Will you commune with God, give thanks for the suffering of…

Humiliation Matthew 26:1-16

today we begin with everybody’s favorite topic:  literary structure!  (is it just mine?)  Matthew 26:1-16 is bracketed by two similar items:  at the beginning you see Jewish leaders plotting Jesus’ death and at the end you see Judas plotting to betray Jesus to those Jewish leaders In between there’s the story of Mary (Lazarus and…