Pastor Chuck Swindoll guides us through the tense passage of Matthew 26:57–75 to reveal another who was on trial: Peter. Listen in and do some self-reflection to consider how we, too, might be on trial today.
Like the narratives of Christ's birth, the accounts of His crucifixion and resurrection are so familiar that we can miss the full intensity of the unexpected event. Though Jesus warned His disciples, they were not at all prepared for the trauma of His death or the shock of His resurrection. Because we know the outcome, it's hard for us to identify with what they must have felt.
Although we may wish we could have been present at Jesus' birth, who wishes to have seen His cruel, torturous death? Few want to read the details of what He suffered. We've sanitized Easter with aromatic lilies and colourful eggs.
But we must know exactly why the Father let His Son hang on the cross and why Jesus chose not to escape it. We need to grasp the glory of His resurrection. What blending of love and power can we see in these events? It's almost as if Jesus could hear the tearful praises of future believers singing:
My sin—O, the bliss of this glorious tho't—
My sin—not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!1
We hope these resources will help you better understand what really happened when Jesus died and rose from the dead, why there was no other alternative, and why it makes all the difference today!
¹Horatio Spafford, “It Is Well with My Soul.”
While Jesus may have been the Son of God, He still possessed a fully human nature. We see this humanity on full display in Matthew 26:31–56 as Jesus prepared Himself for His fate.
The 12 disciples shared many special moments with their Master like personally experiencing miracles and receiving private lessons on the kingdom of heaven. However, few of these instances were more intimate than the Last Supper found in Matthew 26:17–30.
Matthew 26:1–16 sets the stage for the final act of this gospel account. Each event preserved in this passage moves us one step closer to Jesus’ horrific crucifixion.
Here’s a great fishing story from Chuck Swindoll that helps us understand Peter’s experience in John 21 a little better.
If you want to get beyond the grave you need to trust in the One who Himself has gotten beyond the grave and lives forever.
Christ proved His love in that while we were still sinners He died for us. Do you know Christ died for you?
On the first Easter morning, when the stone was rolled away from Christ’s tomb, hope dawned and grace shone brighter than it ever had. For us, though, the monotony and troubles of daily life seem far removed from the miraculous impact of that glorious morning two thousand years ago.
Jesus’ final words were spoken to His disciples but meant for everyone. And they’re life changing.
The Passion of Christ refers to His arrest, trial, and suffering from the Garden of Gethsemane to the crucifixion. Some believe Jesus was a lunatic, some believe He is Lord. Who do you say He is?