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Where are you from?

Reading: Reading: Matthew 26:69-75 “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.” (v.73) Have you been to another place wherein you first seemed to blend in the crowd, say in a local market place until—you spoke.  Then everybody’s head turned round toward you.  You might have spoken in a generic language,…

Countdown

Reading: Matthew 26:47-56Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with…

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The most sorrowful state

Reading: Matthew 26:36-44 I used to think that Jesus agonised so much during his prayer at Gethsemane due to the impending beatings, scourging, lashing and crucifixion.  He was after all in human form, with flesh, blood and nerves.  But now I know—and it would also be the most sorrowful state for any of us unless…

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Trading Jesus

Reading: Matthew 26:14-16 For Judas and the chief priests and their company, Jesus was worth 30 silver coins.  For Satan, whatever it was disposed in his power—i.e., all the authority of the kingdoms of the world and their glory (Matthew 4:8-9; Luke 4:6-7). Jesus, however traded His life for mine. He’s already mine, not because…

Tasting Jesus

Reading: Matthew 26:6-13 When Jesus was anointed with nard at the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany, his disciples would have been with him 3 years—witnessing all the healing, the raising of the dead, multiplying loaves of bread and many other miracles.  When He walked on the water and calmed the storm they realised…

Twice as much a son of hell

Reading: Matthew 23:13-28 “… You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.” Expect me to be that preachy child in the playground telling friends and classmates that they’re going to hell because they worship graven images and make hand gesticulations that are un-biblical.  I did believe as well that as…