Lesson 191 (Matthew Chapter 26: 1-46) --
"Is That Me Sleeping, Jesus?"

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Religious leaders plot to kill Jesus

1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 2 ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.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, 4 and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. 5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.A woman anoints Jesus with expensive perfume6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 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. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 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.Judas agrees to betray Jesus14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 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. 16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.Disciples prepare for the Passover17 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?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. 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.Jesus and the disciples have the Last Supper20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 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.25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I?He said unto him, Thou hast said.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. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 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.Jesus again predicts Peter’s denial30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.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. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.Jesus agonizes in the garden36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.39 And he went a little farther, 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. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.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. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 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. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

 Lesson No. 191          “Is That Me Sleeping, Jesus?”      

Matthew Chapter 26    (verses 1-46)                                             03/02/2014

1)     Jesus finishes his teachings on the kingdom in Chapter 25, then again tells His disciples....what? (Hint: verse 2)

2)     The story of  Jesus' anointing is found in verses 6 through 13.  Who anointed Jesus and why?  (Hint: verse 7, 12)

3)     Were Jesus' words true in verse 13?

4)     Jesus' betrayal by Judas is described in verses 14 through 16; why 30 pieces of silver...any clue?  Was this part of God's plan?

5)     Then Jesus tells the disciples to go and prepare for the Passover feast where He had the Last Supper with them (verses 17-19).  The first thing that Matthew records in the celebration is what?  Not exactly a party starter!  (Hint: verse 21)

6)     What was the reaction to this news by the disciples?  (Hint: verse 22)  Why was the foot-washing story left out of Matthew 26?

7)     Why did Jesus use the dipping into the bitter herbs as an indication of who would betray  Him?  Why did He do this?  (Hint: verses 23-25)

8)     Jesus then institutes the only 'ritual' found in the new testament for us to follow, what is it?  (Hint: verses 26-29)  Why did He start this communion ritual?

9)     After the Last Supper, it was off to the Mount of Olives for prayer and capture (verses 31-46).  Why there at the Mount of Olives?

10)   Jesus warns them as to what will happen, and then He asked them to watch and pray with them?  (Hint: verses 37-46)  Did they?

11)   Verse 46 demonstrates Jesus' mind-set in the garden, what was it?  He was more interested in what He had to do than the disciple's sleep.  Is that us?  Sleeping while our Savior needs us to build His kingdom?