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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.

Bethany

"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.

26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. 26:5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people." (Matthew 26:1-5 KJV)

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.

26:10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 26:13 Verily I say unto you, 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." (Matthew 26:6-13 KJV)

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?

And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him." (Matthew 26:14-16 KJV)

Jerusalem

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?

26:18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

26:20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 26:21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

26:22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?

26:23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

26:25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I?

He said unto him, Thou hast said.

26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives." (Matthew 26:17-30 KJV)

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.

26:33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples." (Matthew 26:31-35 KJV)

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).

Gethsemane

"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.

26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

26:43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 26:44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

26:45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me." (Matthew 26:36-46 KJV)

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.

26:50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come?

Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.

26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

26:55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled." (Matthew 26:47-56 KJV)

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.

Caiaphas

"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.

26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 26:60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none.

At the last came two false witnesses, 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

26:62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 26:63 But Jesus held his peace.

And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 26:66 What think ye?

They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, 26:68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?" (Matthew 26:57-68 KJV)

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.

26:70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man.

And immediately the cock crew.

26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly." (Matthew 26:69-75 KJV)

Fact Finder: On what day of the week was the Messiah actually Crucified?
See The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week and Why Observe The True Sabbath?


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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).

Crusades 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.

1975: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was assassinated by his nephew Prince Faisal (see also Paul's Geography Lesson and What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?).

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.



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