• The Garden of Gethsemane

    Matthew 26:36–46

    Honestly presenting our hopes and fears before the Lord carries with it the danger that we might sin and become mad at Him when His will does not match ours. Nevertheless, we may humbly admit all that is weighing upon ...Read More

  • Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

    Matthew 26:30–35

    In the second volume of his commentary on Matthew, James Boice says that today’s passage is encouraging because it affirms that Christianity is for weak people (p. 563). Zechariah 13 says that though believers may sinfully abandon their master ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Supper

    Matthew 26:26–29

    Jesus says that His blood is poured out for “many,” not for “all” (Matt. 26:28). His death is not effectual for all people who have ever lived; Christ’s death is effectual only for His people, securing eternal salvation ...Read More

  • Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

    Matthew 26:20–25

    Calvin reminds us to “always place before our minds the providence of God, which Judas himself, and all wicked men — though it be contrary to their wish, and though they have another end in view — are compelled to obey.” The ...Read More

  • Preparing for the Passover

    Matthew 26:17–19

    Some preachers and scholars have long portrayed Jesus as a helpless victim of events, one who is caught off-guard by His arrest and crucifixion. Today’s passage, among many others, indicates that this view is mistaken. Our Savior’s death ...Read More

  • Judas’ Wicked Scheme

    Matthew 26:14–16

    Judas’ betrayal of the Savior is the most wicked deed ever committed. It warns us to be careful lest sin take hold of our hearts and make us turn our backs on Christ. Those who truly know Jesus will not ...Read More

  • Anointed for Burial

    Matthew 26:6–13

    Notably, Jesus says that Mary will be remembered on account of the great service she provided to the Lord. Matthew Henry writes, “The honor of Christ is principally intended in the gospel, yet the honor of his saints and servants ...Read More

  • The Plot to Kill Jesus

    Matthew 26:1–5

    John Chrysostom comments on these Pharisees, saying that “they never were afraid of the judgment of God but only the judgment of people” (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, first series, vol. 10, p. 477). We can be led into sin and ...Read More

  • The Sheep and the Goats

    Matthew 25:31–46

    We actually serve the Lord when we do simple acts of service for one another. It does not take much effort to make a meal for new parents or a family who has recently lost a loved one. A call ...Read More

  • Investing God’s Gift

    Matthew 25:14–30

    John Calvin says, “There will be no excuse of the indolence of those who both conceal the gifts of God, and waste their time in idleness.” Far too many professing Christians are content to sit around and not use their ...Read More

  • Five Foolish Virgins

    Matthew 25:1–13

    We cannot trust in the spiritual readiness of others. Being ready to enter the kingdom at our Lord’s return or, should He tarry, to remain faithful when our rescue seems long in coming is something that we are responsible ...Read More

  • A Faithful and Wise Servant

    Matthew 24:37–51

    Bishop Hilary of Poiters, an early church father, says, “Our ignorance of the day of Christ’s return should provoke us to be careful as we eagerly await his coming” (On Matthew, 26.6). Knowing that Jesus could come at ...Read More

  • An Unknown Day and Hour

    Matthew 24:36

    Our Lord’s admission, in His humanity, that He did not know when the day of His second advent would be is a warning to anyone who might try to set a date for His return. We are wasting time ...Read More

  • The Vindication of Christ

    Matthew 24:32–35

    We still wait for Jesus to return and usher in the new heaven and the new earth. Still, we should not underestimate the significance of His judgment of Jerusalem through Rome in AD 70. No longer is there one place ...Read More

  • The Judgment of Jerusalem

    Matthew 24:29–31

    Today’s passage reminds us of our need to read each biblical passage according to the type of literature it happens to be. For example, passages that are apocalyptic (symbolic depictions of God’s wrath and vindication) cannot be read ...Read More