Over the last couple of weeks, my spiritual journey has taken me through Matthew 26. I’m going slower through these chapters because there are so many lessons to be learned that we can apply in our own life as well as share with others. In Matthew 26, I learned more about communion; how it focuses our attention on the Gospel message which consistently links the old with new and unifies Christians; providing the perfect source for inspiration now and forever.
I read about how prayer gave Jesus strength. Jesus was in great mental anguish at Gethsemane but each time He goes to pray during the night, he returns stronger. He worked His heart out for us until the final victory on the cross. I learned that like Peter, we just can’t do it all on our own. We need to lighten the load by taking in more of Jesus and emptying out our own desires. Then we will gain the energy needed to be all God wants us to be.
Matthew 27 also has many lessons so I will again go slower in order to break down the chapter into blocks of readings with the questions below to help in our thoughts. If you are a new follower or if you would like to look at other readings I’ve analyzed along my spiritual journey, take a look at the tabs at the top. One is called “Questions for Reflection”. The other is called “Index of Devotionals”.
Why do you think Judas regrets his action? When have you regretted your actions? Have they been irrevocable?
What question does Jesus answer? Why is Pilate reluctant to authorize the crucifixion? Who accepts responsibility for Jesus’ death?
Enumerate the things the soldiers do to Jesus. What signs show that God is at work in the crucifixion? Take a few moments to think about the crucifixion. Does it inspire more discipline in spiritual growth? What have you thought about doing recently to grow spiritually but haven’t done yet?
Identify Joseph. What precautions against body-snatching does Joseph take? What do the chief priests and Pharisees arrange to have done? Why?
Each day with God is a fresh start because we are forgiven. It can be an amazing day because Christ the difference maker assures that every struggle faced can be overcome. Spiritual growth is a daily process that requires continuous effort but the endeavor is slight compared to the regret one might feel if they never started the progress.
Check up on my posts over the next few weeks as I share some thoughts about each passage. My prayer is that some of the thoughts or ideas that come from my study and reflection of my journey through Matthew 27 can be applied to your own life.
- Matthew 26 Questions for Reflection (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)
- Paradoxes of the crucifixion (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- Affirmations for Divine Favor (christinebrooksmartin.wordpress.com)