Matthew 26 – New Testament in a Year

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I’m in Thailand, speaking at a conference, so these posts are short!

Matthew 26

Events are leading towards Christ’s crucifixion. On the way to the Passover Jesus and the disciples stop at Bethany, where a woman pours very expensive perfume on Jesus as an act of worship actually to prepare him for burial.

Judas then agrees to betray Jesus – other gospels hint at his annoyance at the “waste” of money in the perfume anointing.

Jesus and the disciples celebrate the Passover feast, where Jesus introduces the Lord’s supper as a lasting act of remembering his death for us.

Peter rashly promises not to Jesus, who answers by prophecying he will deny Jesus 3 times before the cock crows.

At Gethsemane Jesus prays – “my Father, may this cup be taken from me if it be your will.” – It wasn’t The Father’s will for Jesus’ to avoid the cup of suffering, so Jesus for the joy set before him endured the cross.

Jesus is arrested, betrayed with a kiss and taken before the Sanhedrin for a mockery of a trial. Meanwhile, Peter does disown Jesus 3 times (the 3rd time with some cursing) before the cock crows. When he realises his failure, he weeps bitterly.



Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin