Sunday 21 September, 2014

Matthew 26:26-35

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body.” 27 Then he took the cup. He gave thanks and handed it to them. He said, “All of you drink from it. 28 This is my blood of the new covenant. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many. 29 Here is what I tell you. From now on, I won’t drink wine with you again until the day I drink it with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Jesus told them, “This very night you will all turn away because of me. It is written that the Lord said, “‘I will strike the shepherd down. Then the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ (Zechariah 13:7) 32 But after I rise from the dead, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 33 Peter replied, “All the others may turn away because of you. But I never will.” 34 “What I’m about to tell you is true,” Jesus answered. “It will happen this very night. Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” 35 But Peter said, “I may have to die with you. But I will never say I don’t know you.” And all the other disciples said the same thing.

I often wonder what the disciples thought of some of the things – well most really – that Jesus said to them at the time. The old covenant had been with them a 1,000 years and now Jesus speaks of a ‘new’ covenant and it will be with His blood. He also tells them He is going to be raised up & will go ahead to Galilee. I can’t imagine that they understood the significance of His words at all. It was only hindsight that enabled them to fully grasp the simplicity & profoundness of what Jesus had just said.

I’m challenged by Peter’s statement too – ‘I’ll never say I don’t know you’ – he was completely honest, sincere & utterly meant every word – his heart was with Jesus all the way, yet the follow through was a little different.

Jesus did & lived everything He said He would. How am I going with that? I have made statements, commitments, sincerely & wholeheartedly and yet my follow through has also been like Peter’s. Time has not eroded Jesus’ words, I can completely trust them, I am forgiven because His blood was poured out for me.

Lord Jesus, thank you.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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