Scripture: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-19; Mark 14:1-2, 10-16; Luke 22:1-13

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Religious Leaders Plot To Kill Jesus

Matthew 26:1-5 (KJV) And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto His disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill Him.  But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Mark 14:1-2 (KJV) After two days was the feast of the Passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Jesus by craft, and put Him to death.  But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

Luke 22:1-2 (KJV) Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.  And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill Jesus; for they feared the people.

Questions:

1. What would be in two days (Matthew 26:2a; Mark 14:1; Luke 22:1)?

2. What did Jesus say would happen to Him (Matthew 26:2; Mark 14:1a)?

3. Who assembled and plotted to kill Jesus (Matthew 26:3-4; Mark 14:1b; Luke 22:2)?

Answers:

1. In two days would be the Passover.

2. Jesus said He, the Son of man, would be betrayed and crucified.

3. The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders assembled together in the palace of the high priest and plotted to kill Jesus.

Judas Agrees To Betray Jesus

Matthew 26:14-16 (KJV) 14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver Jesus unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray Jesus.

Mark 14:10-11 (KJV) 10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray Jesus unto them.  11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.

Luke 22:3-6 (KJV) Then entered satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.  And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Jesus unto them.  And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.  And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray Jesus unto them in the absence of the multitude.

Questions:

1. Who went unto the chief priests and why (Matthew 26:14; Mark 14:10; Luke 22:4)?

2. What did the chief priests offer Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:15; Mark 14:11; Luke 22:5)?

3. When was Judas Iscariot going to betray Jesus (Luke 22:6)?

Answers:

1. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the chief priests and planned with them to betray Jesus.

2. The chief priests offered to pay Judas thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus.

3. Judas Iscariot was going to seek an opportunity to betray Jesus when no multitude was present.

Disciples Prepare For The Passover

Matthew 26:17-19 (KJV) 17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto Him, Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?  18 And He said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with My disciples.  19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover.

Mark 14:12-16 (KJV) 12 And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the Passover (lamb), His disciples said unto Him, Where wilt Thou that we go and prepare that Thou mayest eat the Passover?  13 And He sendeth forth two of His disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.  14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with My disciples?  15 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.  16 And His disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as He had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover.

Luke 22:7-13 (KJV) Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover (lamb) must be killed.  And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat.  And they said unto Him, Where wilt Thou that we prepare?  10 And He said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.  11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with My disciples?  12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.  13 And they went, and found as He had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover.

Questions:

1. What did Jesus send two of His disciples to do (Matthew 26:17-18; Mark 14:13-15; Luke 22:8-11)?

2. What did these two disciples do (Matthew 26:19; Mark 14:16; Luke 22:13)?

Answers:

1. Jesus sent two of His disciples, Peter and John, to go and prepare for them to keep the Passover.

2. The two disciples, Peter and John, went forth and did as they were told. They made ready the Passover.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 26:4-5 4And they consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill Him.  But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  They (the chief priests, the scribes, the elders of the people, and the high priest) decided not to kill Jesus on the feast day because they feared it might cause an uproar among the people.  My Bible notes: The religious leaders deliberately plotted to kill Jesus. Without this plot, there would have been no groundswell of popular opinion against Jesus.  In fact, because of Jesus’ popularity, the religious leaders were afraid to arrest Him during the Passover.  They didn’t want their actions to incite a riot (see Matthew 26:5; Mark 14:2 and Luke 22:2).

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 26:18 (KJV) And Jesus said, “Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with My disciples.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Even in our churches today we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  It commemorates the Passover meal Jesus ate with His disciples.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Unlike the Festival of Passover, which was celebrated only once a year, communion is an event Christians are encouraged to celebrate often, as a remembrance of what Christ has done for us. (see Exodus 12 and Luke 22).

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not allow mob mentality to rule in our community, church or nation (Matthew 26:5).  I pray we will faithfully follow You (Matthew 26:19).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stay faithfully to Jesus.” <>< Dona