Jesus predicts Peter’s denial: Matthew 26:30-35
Desciples desert Jesus: Matthew 26:56
Peter denies Jesus: matthew 26:69-75
All Jesus’ friends left Him, even Peter who followed at a distance, was too scared to admit that they were friends, or even that he knew Jesus.
Jesus was expecting this… And when He predicted it, Peter couldn’t imagine deserting Jesus. It is easy to swear our allegience, but when opposition comes we still sometimes fall. It is good for us to remember that the Peter who denied Jesus, is the same man who the Lord used powerfully to build His church. There can be no doubt that he is in heaven with Jesus, even though he denied Him.
We won’t always be as good as we want to be, but that is precicely why Jesus died on the cross for us. There is enough forgiveness to cover your sins, God can (& will) use you for His purposes, just turn back to Jesus.
Deal is struck: Matthew: 26:14-16
Jesus foresees the betrayal: Matthew 26:20
Betrayal: Matthew 26:46-56
Jusdas was one of Jesus’ close friends, one of the 12 chosen disciples. He betrayed Him with a kiss… A sign of intamacy and love. This must have been a very bitter and painful part of His death.
Can you imagine your good friend betraying you to die, and doing so in such a seemingly intimate way? It is the worst case of betrayal I can think of. It helps provide perspective to the pain & bitterness I experience when friends & family let me down or betray me.
Poeple may let me down, but Jesus never will. He loves us so much that he knowingly allowed Judas to betray Him. Jesus allowed this so that He could die on the cross for our sins, but also as part of experiencing life allong with us. He knows these feelings and was still able to love us.
Baptism: Matthew 3:16-17
Passage read in the temple by Jesus about Himself: Isaiah 61:1-2 (Luke 4)
Anointed with perfume: Matthew 26:6-13
To be anointed meant to be chosen and sent for a possition of leadership (eg David’s anointing 1Samuel 16:13).
Therefore we see hear Jesus’ anointing at the beginning of His ministry (at His baptism), and towards the end of His earthly ministry, just before Its climax with His crusifiction & resurection. It is part of His Kingdom being established.
Jesus is The King, God’s chosen one to lead His peaple back to Him.
Free festival in Cape Town this weekend…
Entrance is free… Open all day, but arrive early to see the full variety before stalls sell out.
Where: corner of Campground and Sanddown, 7708 Cape Town, Western Cape
There is a playground in the corner to keep te kids busy, and food stalls if you want to make an outing of it.
Please feel free to reply with your thoughts about it, specially your favourites.
South Africa is experiencing rolling blackouts due to some power issues. apparently we are unable to provide our citizens with the electrical power they need, & the blame for this has been passed onto various representatives of Power.
Some blame the current powers (Zuma & co.), Zuma blames the powers of Apartheid & even Jan van Riebeek. the blame shifting is enough to remind me of Genesis 3, when Adam blamed Eve, who blamed the snake & even God himself (not that van Riebeek deserves to be likened to God). But ultimately, there are more personal issues relating to power & electricity that we can (& should address as individuals).