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Matthew 26 – Betrayals, Trials, and Denials

by Jill

In my discussion of Matthew 26, I reflected on the complexities of Jesus’ final days, particularly the betrayal by Judas Iscariot and Peter’s denial. Despite what was about to happen all apostles were allowed to share this Passover meal and sit with Jeusus. The motivations behind Judas’s actions and wondered if he truly believed that the Romans could harm Jesus if he hoped to force a confrontation or if he was just ready to be done with Jesus too. Peter also betrays Jesus. Both were warned Jesus saved Peter from a future of guilt and fear by healing the servant whom Peter had injured.

The significance of the events in the Garden of Gethsame symbolizes the beginning of mankind in Eden and the salvation of mankind in Gethsemane. The immense emotional turmoil that Jesus must have experienced in those moments and the disciples’ inability to stay awake and provide support. Despite their failings, Jesus continued to show love and compassion, even healing a servant during his arrest.

I dissected the sham trial that Jesus was subjected to, highlighting the false testimonies and the blatant disregard for proper legal proceedings. The way the priests sought evidence after Jesus’ arrest was contrary to regular court proceedings, indicating the corrupt nature of the trial. Pilate wanted to keep the peace and wanted everyone out of office! He just wanted to settle this as long as violence didn’t erupt. Despite the unfair treatment, Jesus maintained his dignity and adhered to His divine mission.

Lastly, I reflected on Peter’s denial of Jesus, noting the contrast between his actions and those of Judas. I emphasized the importance of understanding our reactions in times of trouble, calling for a loving approach to confront evil rather than resorting to anger or violence.

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