• Mocked and Beaten

    Matthew 27:27–31

    The Christian faith is derided in many circles, and many professing believers throughout history have been tempted to play down the offense of the gospel or work hard to show the world that Christians are not as “uncool” as they ...Read More

  • The Rock Fails His Master

    Matthew 26:69–75

    John Calvin says Peter’s rash vow to remain with the Lord (Matt. 26:33) and subsequent failure encourage us not to rely on our own weakness, but to earnestly rely on the Spirit. It is easy to say that ...Read More

  • Jesus Answers His Accusers

    Matthew 26:63b–68

    In spitting upon Jesus and striking Him, the leaders are the ones who commit blasphemy. However, as John Calvin writes, “this insolence was turned by the providence of God to a very different purpose; for the face of Christ, dishonored ...Read More

  • Jesus on Trial

    Matthew 26:57–63a

    Zephaniah 3:5 assures us that the Lord is perfectly righteous and therefore incapable of any injustice. We must therefore, unlike the Sanhedrin in Jesus’ day, learn to hate injustice and to do whatever we can to make sure that ...Read More

  • Jesus Is Arrested

    Matthew 26:47–56

    Christians know that we need to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us, but sometimes we have “defended” Christ improperly. Sometimes, like Peter in today’s passage, we have pursued aggressive violence. Other times ...Read More

  • 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

  • Why Only One Way?

    Matthew 26:36–39

    Obviously, the holy awesomeness of God is not realized today. Are these things realities in the church, or has it become a self-indulgent, cozy, warm, happy nursery? Does your worship enhance your fear of God, or does it make Him ...Read More