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Friday, March 25 2016
Matthew 26: The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob
"Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took Him ... Many false witnesses came ... Then did they spit in His face, and buffeted Him; and others smote Him with the palms of their hands."
The Messiah was Crucified on Nisan 14 - the first month of the LORD's Biblical Calendar (see The New Moon Calendar and The Passover Moon At Midnight). All Biblical Calendar days and dates begin and end at sunset, according to the LORD's Command. Nisan 14 began at sunset, after which the "LORD's Supper" was observed. He was then arrested on the Mount of Olives, verbally-abused and physically tortured all that night by the High Priest's thugs, and then He was handed over to the Roman regime governors and occupation troops who Crucified Him during the daylight part of Nisan 14. The Messiah died in mid-afternoon on Nisan 14, at the same time that the Passover lambs were sacrificed (see the Fact Finder question below).
The Messiah knew of all that was coming. At the end of His teaching and preaching Ministry, He announced to His disciples ("disciple" means student) that "after two days is the Feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be Crucified." As that was happening, the members of the religious council were conspiring to have Him killed, paradoxically, despite themselves, at exactly the right time - just before the Passover / First Day of Passover / First Day of Unleavened Bread feast day of Nisan 15.
"26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
The Messiah often visited the Mount of Olives town of Bethany (see The House of Martha and Mary and The Farewell Dinner At Bethany). It was also the place where His ascension to heaven after His Resurrection would occur at the appointed time (see The Ascent From Bethany and The Passover To Pentecost Connection).
It was there also that the Messiah gave a prophecy that you, by reading it, are fulfilling (see A Passover Prophecy That You Are Fulfilling Right Now): "Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her."
"26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 26:8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
Judas Iscariot then received his "blood money" payoff (see What Did King David Prophesy About Judas Iscariot? and Did Judas Iscariot Repent?).
"26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?
On the evening of Nisan 14, the Messiah conducted His "Last Supper" (see Nisan 14: How Did The Messiah Observe His Last Passover?), "And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives."
"26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
The Messiah was sent by the Father to do what He alone was given to do. Even at the moment of His death, the Father turned, just for a purposeful moment, away from Him ("15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Mark 15:34 KJV; see The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified and The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus).
"26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
Just before He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Messiah prayed to the Father that the Father's Will be done (see When Does God Listen To Prayer? and How To Pray: 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer).
"26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
The High Priest's enforcers then arrived, led by the traitor Judas Iscariot, along with a heavily-armed lynch mob ("a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people"). Peter did the right thing by drawing his weapon and attempting to defend the King (see The Patriotism Prophecy), but the time for doing so had not yet come. The Messiah must first be Sacrificed (see The Sacrifice Was Given, Not Taken).
"26:47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
The Messiah was then taken away by the mob to "Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled." There, the Son of God was abused and tortured through the night.
"26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Peter was not a coward or a traitor. He had just demonstrated his courage and faithfulness in standing between the Messiah and the mob. But when the Messiah told him to put down his sword and stop doing what any courageous, patriotic servant of the King would do, he became temporarily confused. His "I know not the man" was more a statement of that confusion (i.e. in effect, "I don't know why He told me to allow Him to be taken without a fight - that's not like Him") than a mere denial of personally knowing Him. Nevertheless, Peter's confusion didn't last long (see Why Was Peter Crucified?).
"26:69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
This Day In History, March 25
421: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Venice, Italy.
752: Pope Stephen II died only 2 days after his election (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1199: England's King Richard I ("Richard the Lionheart") was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France. He died from complications of the wound (infection) on April 6. Richard had been active in the "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1306: Robert de Bruce was crowned Robert I the Bruce of Scotland at Scone. He led the forces that freed Scotland from English rule in 1328.
1409: The Council of Pisa, formed to try to end the schism in the Catholic church between popes Gregory and Benedict, began meetings at Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1584: Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent to establish an English colony in "Virginia."
1634: The Roman Catholic church gained a foothold in the continent of North America when the ships Dove and Ark arrived with 128 Catholic colonists in what would later become "Mary Land." They had been selected by Cecilus Calvert, second Lord Baltimore.
1655: Christian Huygens discovered Titan, Saturn's largest moon. "Titan" and "Saturn" (along with many others) are the names of pagan gods that some scientists have given to many of the objects in the heavens. While most of them defiantly and haughtily reject the Creator (see The Christian Universe and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain) and "religion," they then hypocritically name objects after the idols of heathen religions.
1669: 20,000 were killed by the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily.
1799: During the French Revolutionary Wars, 40,000 French troops under Jourdan battled 60,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles at the Battle of Stokach.
1807: The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in the British Empire.
1895: Italian troops invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1911: 146 immigrant women, mostly Jewish and Italian, died when New York's worst industrial fire swept through a factory owned by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company.
1924: King George of Greece was deposed and a republic proclaimed.
1941: Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, a military alliance directed against the U.S. and Britain.
1955: East Germany was granted full sovereignty by its occupying power, the USSR.
1957: The Treaty of Rome was signed, providing for the establishment of the European Common Market (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1958: The first flight of the CF-105, the Avro Arrow, at Malton, Ontario.
1961: The Soviet Sputnik 10 carried a dog into Earth orbit, later recovered.
1970: The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1994: Neo-Nazis fire bombed a synagogue in Luebeck, believed to be the first such incident in Germany since the end of the Second World War.