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WEEK 14 – NOW IT BEGINS

July 11, 2010

Chapter 28:1-10  The Empty Tomb and the Resurrection of Jesus 1. Matthew now reaches the climax of his gospel. He tells the story of Jesus’ triumph over the grave.  Read these verses. When does this part of the story take place? 2. Background note: The early Christians would have understood this as “after the Sabbath […]

JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

July 9, 2010

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WEEK 13 – DEAD AND BURIED

July 9, 2010

Chapter 27: The Burial of Jesus According to Jewish law based on Deuteronomy 21:22-23, the bodies of executed criminals could not be left hanging on a tree over night.  A Roman cross was interpreted as a tree, so it became necessary to get Jesus buried promptly before nightfall. 1. Read chapter 27, verses 57-61. Who […]

WEEK 13 – THE CRUCIXION OF JESUS

July 8, 2010

Chapter 27: Background and Questions for Understanding Matthew’s gospel is unique for the brevity of its account of Jesus’ death. 1. Read chapter 27, verses 27-56.  The account begins with the soldiers scourging Jesus, a cruel means of creating agony and helplessness before the actual execution. After this they take Jesus and head for Golgotha. […]

WEEK 13 – MORE ABOUT JUDAS AND PILATE

July 7, 2010

Chapter 27: Reflections on Judas and Pilate “Thirty pieces” of silver has entered the language of humanity as the price of betrayal. Few persons earn greater vilification than those who betray their country or a position of trust. Almost always the betrayal grows from sense of disillusionment or anger. One does not surrender that which […]

WEEK 13 – JUDAS AND PILATE

July 6, 2010

Chapter 27: Background and Questions for Understanding the Text Chapter 27 begins with the stories of two men who didn’t know what to do with Jesus – Judas Iscariot and Pontius Pilate.  Judas was one of the Twelve, but had turned Betrayer.  Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea, unhappy servant of an emperor […]

WEEK 13 – PETER DENIES JESUS

July 5, 2010

Chapter 26:69-75: Reflecting on a Sad Truth Have you ever made a promise you could not keep?  Have you ever said something that you regretted?  Within a few short hours Peter did both of these things.  Remember what he said in the upper room when Jesus told the disciples that they would desert Him?  Now […]

WEEK 13 – ARREST AND TRIAL

July 5, 2010

Chapter 26: Jesus is arrested and tried. Now the Passion of the Christ goes from the suffering in the Garden and will not end for 24 hours of a cruel Roman cross. The drama begins in the Garden just as Jesus concludes his debriefing of the disciples. 1. Read chapter 26, verses 47-56.  As this […]

WEEK 13 – JESUS IN THE GARDEN

July 4, 2010

Chapter 26: Background and Questions for Reflection: Have you ever found yourself with a momentous decision to make and felt overwhelmed? Or have you been facing a great trail or challenge and sensed you were alone? Oh yes, you knew God was there and God was aware; but you were about to walk a very […]

WEEK TWELVE – THE LAST SUPPER

June 29, 2010

Chapter 26: Background and Questions for Understanding and Reflection: 1. Read chapter 26, verses 14-16. Based on what we have read until now, what do you think motivated Judas to betray Jesus? You might want to read Luke 22:3 and John 13:2 for a little further insight. A little background.  Judas was from Kerioth, which […]