Jesus Has Been There Too.

In Matthew 26-28, we read the account of the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. What is often missed is that Jesus, while both fully God and fully man, went through emotional agony and pain by his own friends and enemies. As you read this account, remember Hebrews 4. We have a great high priest who has experienced everything you are going through, and who now sympathizes with you. 

  • Jesus is plotted against by men who want him to die - 26:4
  • Jesus is betrayed by one of his closest friends - 26:14
  • Jesus told his disciples they’d all abandon him - 26:31
  • Jesus rebuked Peter’s false zeal and love for him - 26:35
  • Jesus prayed for strength to overcome his sorrow - 26:38
  • Jesus fell on his face due to the emotional turmoil - 26:39
  • Jesus friends failed him in time of need - 26:40
  • Jesus friends failed him again a 2nd time - 26:42
  • Jesus friends failed him a 3rd time - 26:45
  • Jesus is betrayed by Judas - 26:47
  • Jesus’ disciples abandoned him with his arrest - 26:56
  • Jesus was falsely accused by the high priest - 26:57
  • Jesus was falsely accused by false witnesses - 26:59
  • Jesus is spit on, punched and mocked - 26:67
  • Jesus is denied by one of his closest disciples, Peter - 26:69
  • Jesus is conspired against again by the chief priests - 27:1
  • Jesus is questioned by Pilate - 27:13
  • Jesus is degraded as a human; the crowd chose a murderer over the innocent - 27:20
  • Jesus is done unjustly in court by Pilate - 27:24
  • Jesus is flogged prior to being handed over to the Jews - 27:26
  • Jesus is given to the Jews to be crucified - 27:26
  • Jesus is stripped naked and given a robe in a mocking way - 27:28
  • Jesus is given a crown of thorns - 27:29
  • Jesus is mocked to his face - 27:29
  • Jesus is spit on and mocked - 27:30
  • Jesus is stripped naked and redressed again - 27:31
  • Jesus is told to carry his own cross through town, but physically cannot - 27:32
  • Jesus' garments are taken - 27:35
  • Jesus is murdered by crucifixion - 27:38
  • Jesus is ridiculed and mocked as people walked by him - 27:39-44
  • Jesus is forsaken by God the Father - 27:46
  • Jesus gave up his final breathe and spirit - 27:50
  • Jesus is conspired against again by the chief priests - 27:63
  • Jesus' tomb is ordered to be locked and guarded - 27:64
  • Jesus' resurrection was lied about as the chief priests conspired a plan to confuse people about what happened to Jesus - 28:13-15

BUT....here's what changed everything Jesus is RESURRECTED - 28:6

 

May you reflect soberly on all that Jesus went through and experienced leading into His death and resurrection that changed your entire life. And now, through His death and resurrection, we have the greatest news and hope in this life and life to come. We look towards the return and coming kingdom of Jesus as we look back at His resurrection and reflect on how much Jesus suffered for you and by you.