PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 26:1-5
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“They schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.” (Matthew 26:4)
Here we have an anticipation of what is to come, from two different perspectives.
Jesus has a sense of destiny, what He must do to maximize God’s purpose.
The religious leaders have a selfish goal, to protect their own interests.
Jesus is thinking about God’s agenda, the religious leaders about their own agenda.
Whose agenda do I have in mind?
Am I doing what I do each day to preserve and protect myself?
Or am I focused on doing what advances God’s purpose?
Jesus followers do not seek to be comfort, safety or personal gain.
Jesus not only speaks about His own cross, but urges us to take up our cross too.
The cross symbolizes dying to selfish ambition.
Am I giving up myself for God and others, am I eager to bless and help others?
The Lord is challenging me on my agenda, on how I plan my days, and my life.
Jesus took up His cross for me, am I prepared to take up my cross for Him?
Or will I be like the religious leaders, doing what it takes to cover my butt?
Lord, I want to be like You, but if I’m honest I often behave more like the religious leaders, doing whatever I must to keep my life safe, comfortable.