Cancel Your Pride

Today, let’s talk about how the Lord asks us to cancel our pride. (26:31-35) Pride is when we think too much of ourselves and our spiritual stamina. Paul writes to us in Romans 12:3~As your spiritual teacher I give this piece of advice to each one of you. Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself or your importance, but try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities by the light of the faith that God has given to you all. (JBP) Because of the disciples’ pride, Jesus tells them they will fall away because of Him later that night. (26:31)

The disciples will soon be scattered and will hide in fear because of what happens. Therefore, our Lord Jesus adds that, after He is resurrected, He will go ahead of them to Galilee. He is predicting to them their reunion in Galilee, and we can read about these events that are recorded in John 21, after His resurrection. Full of pride, Pete stands to boasts that even if all the others fall away because of Jesus, he never will (26:32-33). However, Jesus says in Matthew 26:34~“Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” (ESV)

Pete cannot believe these crushing words that have been spoken over him, that he will ever deny his Lord? Therefore, he pridefully states that even if he must die with Jesus, he will not deny Him. Then, all the disciples say the same thing (26:35). The disciples should have remembered the wise warning of Proverbs 11:2~When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (NIV) Pride causes us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. Please don’t let pride keep you from honestly examining every area of your life and then taking time to confess all sin. 

Today, why not take a moment and ask the Lord to help examine your life and remove anything that is prideful. To help you work on those areas that you need His help. I want you to know this is humbling work and it takes the Lord’s help to change and become who He has planned, created, and purposed you to be. You have got this, with the Lord’s help.

48…Messiah — The Arrest — Matthew 26.36-56…Handout

What do we do, when we are facing an overwhelming problem? _______________________________
With betrayal afoot, denial proclaimed, and the evening’s events fully underway, as Jesus now leads His disciples to Gethsemane. The moment before us is a true pressing, for Gethsemane means oil_______.
The Garden of_______________ is a fitting place to pray, where one could press into God, filter moments for better clarity, and be made ready for sacrificial living. 

Jesus presses in prayer to sweat blood Luke 22:44

The Arrest of Jesus: Seek & __________________

1) Seek Strength_______________In Prayer (26:36-46)

Witness the value Jesus Christ places on _________, knowing the Cross is before Him. Matthew 26:36

Jesus takes His______ most trusted disciples Peter, James, and John further to pray with Him. Matthew 26:37

These same three disciples (Peter, James, and John) join Him on the Mt of________________ Matthew 17:18

We are witnessing Jesus’ soul be crushed (περίλυπος perilypos) with grief, to the point of death Matthew 26:38

Each of us, disciples included, have broken the Lord’s heart, yet He sees you, us as_______! Hebrews 12:2-3

Listen intently, because the blood of Jesus is enough!

Jesus asks is there any other way? Matthew 26:39

After praying Jesus checks and find His_____ trusted disciples sleeping. Ever caught sleeping during prayer?

Jesus now asks us to________and pray Matthew 26:41 

Watch and pray are present tense verbs, indicating continuous action on our part. Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Prayer fuels us spiritually and Jesus warns us to not be overly confident in our own spiritual power. In life we must prayerfully depend upon________.

Jesus comes a_________ time to check Matthew 26:42

He comes back a________ time and asks still sleeping? 

2) Remember, ___________ Alone (26:47-56) Judas betrays Jesus for______ pieces of silver Matthew 26:15

Notice Judas calls Jesus, rabbi (teacher) Matthew 26:49

What is cutting off an ear to laying down one’s life? John 15:13 

Jesus asks for permission to permit_______ Luke 22:31 

God’s wants disciples, not vigilantes Leviticus 24:17

Jesus sat day after day teaching scripture to fulfill all prophecy, and the disciples just flee Matthew 26:55-56

The LORD requires us to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk___________ with our God Micah 6:8

When being tempted after His baptism Jesus responds all_____ times using the Book of__________________

Deuteronomy 31:8~The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (NIV)

Our Takeaway: _____________________________________________________________________

2 Chronicles 15:2~…The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, (NIV)

The Eucharist

As we join the Lord today, we are sitting in a room filled with great anxiety, some fear, and even some trepidation as to whom the culprit is, and this very distressed disciple asks in Matthew 26:22~…Is it I, Lord? (ESV) This is perhaps the only moment where proximity to Jesus, does not pay off well. 

For Jesus says in Matthew 26:23~He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. (ESV) Event the Psalmist writes in Psalm 41:9~Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. (NIV) Jesus reminds them all that things must happen this way because it is written. Then He layers the Woe. Matthew 26:24~but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born. (ESV) In His omniscience and sovereignty, God knows what Judas will do, but that does not relieve Judas of his guilt. When we feel guilty we cannot help but speak, and Judas even asks to verify that he is the guilty one.

Witness here the moment as Jesus takes some bread and blesses it. Then, He breaks the bread and shares it with those sitting near Him. This does not signify His body will be broken because it will not be. For the holy scripture share that the Passover lamb is not to be broken. (Exodus 12:46) nor was the Messiah to be broken. Psalm 34:20~For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! (NLT) Later John confirms this John 19:36~These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of his bones will be broken, (NIV)

Jesus shares the broken bread of His body, just as you are sharing with those near to you. Telling His disciples to Matthew 26:26~Take, eat; this is my body. (ESV) Shortly after distributing the bread, Jesus takes a cup of wine, Matthew 26:27-28~and when he had given thanks (εὐχαριστέω eucharisteo) he gave it to them, saying, Drink…this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (ESV) (εὐχαριστέω eucharisteo) to give thanks when we answer the call of communion we take part in the eucharist meaning to give thanks. Today, we have given thanks to the Lord the Savior of the world, we give thanks to our personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Just as all of the Old Testament covenants were confirmed with blood (Exodus 24:8). Luke records that Jesus also says the cup is the new covenant in His blood (Lk 22:20). It is a new covenant that replaces the old. That’s why we have an Old Testament and a New Testament in our Bibles. Then they end supper with a hymn. Psalm 118~Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 5 Out of my distress, I called on the Lord, the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. 7 The Lord is on my side as my helper…It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. 14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; (ESV)

So, are you giving the Lord enough thanks? We ought to be so grateful for all that the Lord has done for us in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:3~Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. (GNT) Why don’t you just stand up right now and tell the Lord, how Thankful, you are. Just lavish your love on Him today and bask in His embrace.