Jesus Betrayed and Denied
Scripture: Matthew 26:47–26:75
Key Truth: Jesus humbly and willingly submits to God’s will in order to redeem those who betray Him, wrongly accuse Him, and deny Him outright.
“Hence it is again evident, that we are much more courageous and ready for fighting than for bearing the cross.”
John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew
How do you respond to people betraying you or letting you down? Do you tend to seek self-satisfying retaliation of self-denying reconciliation when confronted with sin and evil?
“. . . could I feel as I ought to feel in sympathy with the terrible shame of Christ and then could I interpret those feelings by any language known to mortal man, surely you would bow your heads and blush! And you would feel rising within your spirits a burning indignation against the sin that dared to put the Christ of God to such shame as this! I want to kiss His feet when I think that they spat in His face.”
“A Sermon Intended for Reading on Lord’s-Day, July 12, 1896”
What do you want from God? How do you respond when God does not do or say what you want or expect?
“The means of grace are given to us so that we might grow spiritually and become strong, yet how neglectful we are of these means. . . . The fall of Peter should be a warning to all of us. He himself tells us that a vital, growing, spiritual life is the best means to keep us from falling (2 Pet. 1:5-11).”
Mark E. Ross, Let’s Study Matthew
How do you respond when through your sin you deny Christ?