• The Agonizing Prayer Article by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008 | Matthew 26

    Isaiah wrote prophetically of Jesus that He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). Though those words were descriptive of His entire life, we see them coming to a climax in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39). Luke tells us that Jesus was in such agony as He prayed that “His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). What was it that caused … View Resource

  • Betrayed Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008 | Matthew 26

    Matthew 26 offers a series of short but brilliantly lit scenes surrounding the betrayal of Jesus. The chapter opens with Christ announcing the end of His public preaching ministry. After this, He says to His disciples: “After two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified” (v. 2, KJV). To us, looking back on history, Christ’s intent to die on the cross could not be clearer. But the disciples do not grasp His meaning; they are still clinging to their own hopes for Christ and His kingdom. Some Christians today are similarly … View Resource

  • Good News for the Poor: An Interview with Mez McConnell Article by Mez McConnell

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014 | Matthew 26

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian? How are you serving God in Scotland? Mez McConnell: I grew up in Ireland in the foster care system for most of my early life. In my teens, one of my friends died and I began to think more about spiritual things. The church was irrelevant to me. I thought of it as a place for good, rich people. In my late teens and early twenties, my drug use spiraled out of control, I was homeless on the streets, and I finally ended up in prison. It gave me a place to live … View Resource

  • Mercy for the Impetuous Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008 | Matthew 26

    Peter didn’t just blow it, he blew it badly. “Though they all fall away…I will never fall away” (Matt. 26:33). Peter’s resolution we admire for its confidence and bravery. But it is a statement relying on one’s own strength and it is doomed for shipwreck. A few hours go by and we find him alone and weeping (v. 75).  We can relate, can’t we? We’ve made promise after promise to the Lord, resolution after resolution, only to come to the end of ourselves. The sinking feeling churns in our stomach, our earlier words of bold resolve pour like … View Resource