The Big Read – Daily Read
v1-6: Why did Christ choose someone who He knew was going to betray Him to be part of His group? How could one, who knew Christ as those in his band of disciples did, be so evil to betray Him? The answer to the first question is that “Christ had wise and holy purposes in taking Judas a disciple,” and as for the second, “it was the work of the Devil, who thought he would ruin Christ’s undertaking, that he would crush his head, but it proved only to be the bruising of his heel.” If someone betrays Christ, or His truth or ways, “it is Satan who puts them up to it.”
v7-20: The bread we eat is given to us by Christ as food for our souls, “because nothing can be more nourishing and satisfying to our souls than the message of Christ’s atonement for sin and the assurance of our share in that atonement.” The blood shed, by which atonement was made, is represented by the cup and symbolises the new covenant made with us. When we take the bread and the cup, we do so as those who needed Christ’s body to be broken and blood to be shed for us, and we trust that it has – that the Son of God love us and gave Himself for us.
v21-38: “Although there may be many weaknesses in the faith of true believers, their faith will not fail totally and finally” when drawn into sin. This is because of the mediation and intercession of Jesus Christ. “If they were left to themselves, they would fail, but they are kept by the power of God and the prayer of Christ.” Jesus’ prayers for both the individual believer and all who believe, shows that we should also pray for both ourselves and for others too.
v39-46: “When we find ourselves—either by our outward circumstances or by our inward inclinations—entering temptation, we should rise and pray , “Lord, help me in this time of need.”
v47-53: The hour had come. This was the hour that “Satan, the ruler of the darkness of this world, is allowed to do his worst, to bruise the heel of the seed of the woman.” It was only an hour. A short time. A limited time which had been appointed for them. It was an hour that Jesus accepted would happen to Him.
v54-62: The look that Christ gave Peter was “a convicting look… a rebuking look… a pleading look… a compassionate look… a significant look.” The look of Christ, accompanied by the grace of God, brought about a godly sorrow for sin in Peter’s heart which led to repentance. This convicting, rebuking, pleading, compassionate and significant look is how Christ looks on us when we have sinned.
v63-71: For those who are determined not to believe, it does not matter how many convincing proofs they are given. The Jewish leaders were expecting the Messiah, and though Jesus gave many amazing proofs that He was He, they still would not believe in Him.
v1-12: Jesus was accused of disloyalty to the Roman government and stirring up this disloyalty in his followers. Yet the truth is that those who are Christ’s faithful followers will be good subjects of the civil government.
v13-25: Pilate knew that Christ was innocent and had done nothing to deserve either chains or death. But fear stopped him from releasing Him and doing the right thing.
v26-31: We should weep for everyone who do not believe in Jesus, for they are facing ruin and destruction. We do not need to weep for those in Christ for they are safe, and in death will enter perfect rest and joy.
v32-43: In Christ’s prayer for His enemies, we see the reason for His death. He was suffering and dying so that sinners could be forgiven and pardoned. Christ is now interceding for all who repent and believe in Him, “Father, forgive… all who will repent and believe the gospel.” Forgiveness of sins for ourselves and others is “the great thing we must beg from God,” and wonderfully, “the greatest sinners may, through Christ, upon their repentance, hope to find mercy.”
v44-49: By committing Himself into His Father’s hand, Christ was doing two things. First, He was offering Himself up as the sacrifice for sinners, to be accepted instead of them. Second, He was showing “his dependence on his Father for raising him from the dead by reuniting his soul and body. He commended his spirit into his Father’s hand to be received into Paradise and returned the third day.”
v50-56: “There are many who are sincere in their support of Christ’s interests who, though they do not make a show of their outward profession of faith, will be more ready to do him an act of real service when need be than others who appear more significant and make a louder noise.”
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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