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Jesus: The plot to kill Him

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The plot thickens and Christ predicts again His coming death

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Let the end begin

“When He Finished all these words”
That is the phrase seen in Matthew as a transition from one discourse to the next.
Mt7:28 - transition from the Sermon on the mount.
Matthew 7:28 NASB95
When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching;
Mt11:1 - the transition from counting the cost of discipleship
Matthew 11:1 NASB95
When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Mt13:53 - the transition from the parables (parabolic discourse)
Matthew 13:53 NASB95
When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.
Mt19:1 - the transition from the discourse, teaching of, on, the church
Matthew 19:1 NASB95
When Jesus had finished these words, He departed from Galilee and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;
Now brings us to the transition from the final discourse, from the Olivet discourse of Mt23-25 and Jesus 4th prediction of His death
Open Story book to pg. 130 and Bible to Mt26:1-5
What do you see?
What do you notice?
What sticks out to you?

I. As you know

What had Jesus just finished (v.1)?
Who is Jesus now talking to (v.1)?
How can we know what day it is (v.2)?
What is Jesus saying will happen (v.2)?
(Below just on hand out)
Jesus had just finished the Olivet discourse in which a main focus was on watchfulness Now he turns to His disciples
You can tell it is Wednesday for we know He was handed over Friday morning and crucified and died at the time of the evening sacrifice (3pm)
Jesus is speaking for the 4th time, predicting His death and the form of His death (v.2)
Interesting fact here Jesus is now associating His death with the passover. And the significance of His death associated with the Passover. Associating Himself as a lamb, the what was called the Paschal lamb that is sacrificed on Passover.
His death were further told of significance just a little later. (Mt26:26-29) and the referenced significance by Paul (1Cor5:7) and the Hebrew writer in chapters 7-10)
Matthew 25:26–27 NASB95
“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.
Matthew 26:26–27 NASB95
26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;
Mt26:28-29
Matthew 26:28–29 NASB95
28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
And I might as well go on and say the significance of the result of the sacrifice as seen and noted (Mt1:21; 20:28)
Matthew 1:21 NASB95
21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Mt20:28
Matthew 20:28 NASB95
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Jesus spoke of the manner of His death by crucifixion as noted before (Mt20:19) and fulfilling the prophesy of (Isa53:5)
Matthew 20:19 NASB95
19 and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”
And the Isaiah passage
Isaiah 53:5 NASB95
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
This section of Matthew focuses on the death, not on the resurrection of Christ. See the sacrifice had to happen and that is the point Matthew is making right now.
Is the death of Christ significant to you? Why?

II. The plot to kill Jesus

Who plotted to kill Jesus (v.3)?
How did they plot (v.4)?
When did they plot, or not plot to do it and why (v.5)?
The Chief priests, elders of the people along with the Pharisee’s and the Sadducee’s made up the Sanhedrin, the leadership of Israel.
The mention of Caiphas is the first mention of him. He was the high priest at the time, he was a puppet for Rome. Originally the High Priest was a descendant of Aaron and it handed down from father to son, but when Rome took control of the area they assigned the high priest, the highest religious authority position within Israel.
They wanted Jesus, and wanted Him out the way so things would return to normal, to the way it had always been before Him, but they did not want to do it during Passover in fear of a rise up of the people and there be a riot. Jesus popularity was on the rise and the traditions of the Jews was on the decline so the potential for hostile situation was at hand.
History shows that during the Passover there was swell of people up to 5 times the normal occupation of Israel, one record shows 1.2m people, but the numbers vary the point is that there was a huge influx of people coming in.
Caiphas father was Annas and do you remember the money changers in the temple? Well they all worked for Annas, that is why he stepped down as High Priest and gave it to Caiphas so he would not lose his substantial income he was making off the sacrifices at the temple, so now you can see why both Caiphas and Annas wanted Jesus out of the way.
God orchestrated through Jesus these events. Jesus was not a victim, He was to be the sacrifice and He did it as stated in the scripture to fulfill the prophesy. The plotting opened the door for the betrayal which was not a secret either, it was divine intervention.
Where this section is small there is great significance to it. We have some time today so I want to look at other times there is mention/inferences to Jesus death.

III. Jesus Passion mention/inferences

Bridegroom being removed (Mt9:15)
Matthew 9:15 NASB95
15 And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
The remarks at Peters confession (Mt16:21-24)
Matthew 16:21–22 NASB95
21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”
Matthew 16:23–24 TEV
23 Jesus turned around and said to Peter, “Get away from me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my way, because these thoughts of yours don’t come from God, but from human nature.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me.
The teaching on the suffering of Son of Man (Mt17:22-23)
Matthew 17:22–23 NASB95
22 And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men; 23 and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved.
At the transfiguration(Mt17:9-12) - look, read this one on your own
How about the ransom for many passage (Mt20:28)
Matthew 20:28 NASB95
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Parable of vineyard (Mt21:33-45) - again, look, read on your own.
These are the ones we have already seen in Matthew, and there are more to come
The inference in the anointing for death (Mt26:12)
Prophesy of the betrayal (Mt26:21)
All the inferences at Last Supper (Mt26:26-29)
Matthew 26:26–27 NASB95
26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;
Matthew 26:28–29 NASB95
28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
The saying about the shepherd being struck down (Mt26:31)
Finally the sayings in the garden (Mt26:39-44)
As you can see 5 of these are yet to come and they come here in chapter 26 of Matthew. The death, the sacrifice of the lamb of God, Gods’ perfect and acceptable sacrifice was vital, and is vital to us too today. Hence why we take the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of His death, until He returns
Matthew 26:39–40 NASB95
39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?
(Below is for the handout only not to be discussed)
God’s grand plan was done with foreknowledge and was purposed. This section today we just see the introduction of the people God used to accomplish His grand plan to save sinful man.
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