Matthew 26:36-75

Beginning with Judas’ betrayal, it all played out just as Jesus and the Scriptures had predicted. Throughout the night of His arrest, we hear Jesus pointing to the will of God and to the word of God–that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. Meanwhile, the chief priests and the council sought false testimony instead of proclaiming God’s truth. Jesus prayed three times for God’s will to be done even in the face of unfathomable suffering; Peter couldn’t even admit that He knew Jesus. When the rooster crowed, everything was just as the Scriptures said it would be and just as Jesus said it would be.

At every moment, Jesus stood squarely in the center of the Father’s will, perfectly in line with the Scriptures, as He moved toward the cross. Meanwhile, the disciples slept, Judas betrayed Him, the chief priests made a mockery of justice, and Peter swore that he didn’t know this Jesus everyone was talking about. Sound familiar? We stumble around in apathy, rebellion, injustice, and fear, but Jesus stands squarely in the center of the Father’s will, ready to make a way for us to stand with Him. 1 Peter 2:22-24 says, “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

Today, if you’re in Jesus, then you can stand with Jesus. Let us die to sin and live to righteousness. Let us speak the truth, return evil with good, and trust the Lord in all things. May His will be done.

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