MATTHEW 27 – THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DEATH

” When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus Was Condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed Innocent Blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” Matthieu 27:3-5

In Matthew 27, Judas was seized with remorse because he delivered The Lord Jesus, handed Him over for thirty pieces of silver; so, he committed suicide. Judas had chosen to follow the path of the devil. Inspired by the evil one, he decided to betray The Lord Jesus to get money. This decision surely seemed attractive to him, considering the amount that it would bring him; But we see that in the end, this money was not useful to him and that he ended up hanging himself. So we notice that Judas succumbed to the devil’s temptation, the desire to get rich and this choice led him to his death.
We, too, are likely to be tempted by the devil. But when he tempts us, we must resist because if we choose the path of easy money, dishonesty, lies, injustice, fornication, adultery, etc. … we choose the way of the devil, and this path, even if it seems attractive in the short term, will lead us to death in the long run. When we choose the devil’s way, we take a step towards eternal fire.
Let us therefore pray constantly and ask The Lord for the strength, determination to follow His Commandments and not fall into the path of the devil.

MATTHEW 27 – SUFFERINGS THAT REVEAL THE GLORY OF GOD

” Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound Him, led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.” Matthew 27:1-2

Matthew 27 relates The Lord Jesus’s Sufferings from His Condemnation to His Death on the Cross. The chief priests and elders plotted against The Lord Jesus, as king David had prophesied.

” Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against The Lord and against His Anointed” Psalm 2:1-2

They thought they had won the victory. But they did not know that they were actually performing God’s Plan and that it was necessary that The Lord Jesus go through this stage before Being Glorified.

From this chapter we can learn some lessons to help us through difficult times.

1. Just as The Lord Jesus, we must learn to accept sufferings calmly. God knows why He allows every situation in our lives. Just as He knew why He had allowed The Death Of The Lord Jesus.
God usually allows sufferings so that we can draw closer to Him, His Will for us, so that we can grow spiritually. When we are suffering, we are usually more receptive to His Voice. So it is the ideal time to seek Him with all our heart, seek His Will through reading His Word and obey His Commandments.

” They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His Holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ Is Revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

2. Our attitude during difficult times is important. It is important not to complain against God or to divert ouselves from Him during this period. But on the contrary, we must seek Him more.

“And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the Destroying Angel.” 1 Corinthians 10:10

3. As Simon of Cyrene helped The Lord Jesus to carry His Cross, God can send us people or create circumstances that will help us to withstand our trials, to overcome them.

“As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Matthew 27:32

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God Is Faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

4. Just as The Lord Jesus, it may happen that we fall into despair:

“About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in A Loud Voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”).” Matthew 27:46

But we must try to fight despair and keep faith, relying on God’s Faithfulness.

ACCEPT THE LORD JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR

Today, if you have not yet accepted The Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I will guide you so that you can accept Him and invite Him into your heart to receive The Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus said:

” Here I Am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.” Revelation 3:20

He stands at the door of your heart and waits for you to invite Him in. But before inviting Him, you must first repent and believe in the Work He has accomplished on the Cross and in His Resurrection.

1. Repent

“The time has come,” He said. “The Kingdom Of God has come near. Repent and believe The Good News!” Mark 1:15

With a sincere heart, you must confess your sins before God (e.g.
fornication, adultery, lies, dishonesty, theft, etc …), regret them and make the decision to turn away from these sins.

2. Believe in The Good News

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus Is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God Raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

You must declare with your mouth that Jesus Is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, The Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He Was Put to death in The Body but made Alive in The Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

” Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.
But He Was Pierced for our transgressions, He Was Crushed for our iniquities; The Punishment that brought us Peace was on Him, and by His Wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

“This is My Blood of The Covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

You must believe that The Lord Jesus died on the cross for your sins.

3. Invite The Lord Jesus

” For, “Everyone who calls on The Name Of The Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

You must call on The Name Of The Lord, you must invite Him to come into your heart. You have to do it with a sincere heart. You can use your own words or say this prayer aloud:

Lord Jesus,
I ask for Your Forgiveness for all my sins,
Today I renounce my sins and turn away from my evil ways,
Cleanse me,
I believe that You are Dead on the Cross for my sins and that You Were Risen after three days,
I recognize You as my Lord and Savior,
Come and rewrite my story,
On the basis of this prayer, I declare that I am saved,
AMEN!

“For God So Loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal Life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

GENESIS 27 – DO NOT DESPRISE WHAT GOD GIVES YOU

“But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”
Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”” Genesis 27:35-36

In Genesis 27, Jacob took the blessing of Esau, his elder brother. This occurred some time after Esau had despised his birthright.

““Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”” Genesis 25,32

I think it was because of Esau’s contempt for his birthright that The Lord allowed Jacob to take his blessing.
From this chapter, we can therefore retain that we must not despise what God gives us. We must learn to be thankful to God for what He gives us and try to use it to the best of our abilities for His Glory. It is useless to covet what others have as Esau did with Jacob’s stew and thereby sold his birthright. This can apply to all areas of our lives (finances, spouses, families, etc …). God knows each one of us and He has created each of us for a specific purpose. He knows what is best for each of us. He has a Wonderful Plan for each of us. Did He not say:

“For I know The Plans I have for you,” declares The Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Let us learn to appreciate what God gives us, show Him our gratitude for what we have, and use it as best we can for His Glory.

PSALM 26 – TO PLEASE GOD

“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in The Lord and have not faltered.” Psalm 26:

“For I have always been mindful of Your Unfailing Love and have lived in reliance on Your Faithfulness.” Psalm 26:3

“I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.” Psalm 26:5

“Proclaiming aloud Your Praise and telling of all Your Wonderful Deeds.” Psalm 26:7

Psalm 26 reveals to us king David as someone who is willing to please God. He led a blameless life, relied on God’s Faithfulness, proclaimed The Lord’s Praises. He refused to sit with the wicked; which is a way of saying that he turned away from evil.

King David even said to The Lord:

“Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind” Psalm 26:2

Who among us could ask this to The Lord? Very few. Let us try like King David to do what pleases God. So that like King David we can present ourselves before Him with a good conscience.

MATTHEW 26 – THE BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT

“Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is My Blood of The Covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

In Matthew 26, The Lord Jesus asks His disciples to drink wine, which represents His Blood, The Blood of The New Covenant. Through His Shed Blood, The Lord Jesus introduced The Covenant of Grace which replaced that of The Law. In The Covenant of Grace, we obtain salvation not through our works, but by God’s Grace, through our faith.

“By calling This Covenant “New,” He has made The First One Obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” Hebrews 8:13

In The Old Covenant, the atonement of sins was done yearly by the sprinkling of the blood of animals (goats, rams, and bulls). The same ritual was repeated every year for the sanctification of the Israelites.

““This is to be a Lasting Ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.” And it was done, as The Lord commanded Moses.” Leviticus 16,34

In The New Covenant, The Sacrifice of The Lord Jesus was performed once and for all for the atonement of all the sins of those who believe in Him. He Is The Perfect Lamb Offered for our sins.

” But when This Priest had offered for all time One Sacrifice for sins, He sat down at The Right Hand Of God, and since that time He waits for His enemies to be made His Footstool. For by One Sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First He says:
“This is The Covenant I will make with them after that time, says The Lord. I will put My Laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
Then He adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts Iwill remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” Hebrews 10:12-18

MATTHEW 26 – BETRAYAL

“Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over.” Matthew 26:14-16

In Matthew 26, Judas betrayed The Lord Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Very often when we read this story, we condemn Judas. We wonder how he was able to do that. We judge him; we think that we are better and that we would have acted differently.
But when we look at our lives, do we not see signs of betrayal? If we break God’s Commandments for money, is that not betrayal? If we violate God’s Commandments to keep a position, honors, or relationships, is this not betrayal? It is important for us to be able to look at ourselves honestly in a mirror, to self-criticize ourselves in order to discern what we are doing wrong. And when we have committed sin, let us not hide it; let us not pretend not to have committed it as Judas did.

“The Son Of Man will go just as it is written about Him. But woe to that man who betrays The Son Of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, the one who would betray Him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”” Matthew 26: 24-25

The Lord sees all our acts and knows all our sins. Therefore, instead of hiding them, let us confess them to The Lord and repent. Let us abandon sin and change our conduct.