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Betrayed with a kiss

Luke 22:47-53 If ever there was a man who could call himself the elect of the elect, it was Judas. He was not only Jewish, he was, in all probability, from the tribe of Judah.  Certainly his name means “Judah” – which refers not simply to the southern kingdom of Israel but also to the […]

The Spirit is willing, the flesh is weak

Matthew 26:36-46 My teenage years were haunted by Gethsemane.  For a serious-minded 14 year old, this was the ultimate display of godly devotion.  Here was Christ leading the way in the school of prayer – showing us how to “give it all up for God.”  In desperation He prostrates Himself before the Father, He pours […]

Let this cup pass from me

Matthew 26:36-46 It was the original poisoned chalice.  Just minutes after pouring wine into a cup of blessing, Jesus prays to His Abba, Father regarding a very different cup: Jesus kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there […]

Abba, Father

Mark 14:32-42 It’s one of the first sounds a baby will make.  ‘Ma ma ma ma’.  Or ‘Ba ba ba ba’.  Which is why, in so many languages, the proud parents take their babbling children to be speaking their names.  ‘Mama’ or ‘Amma’ is a very common word for ‘mother’.  And ‘Papa’ or ‘Baba’ is […]

This is my blood

Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:17-33 In 2 Thessalonians 2, the Apostle Paul speaks of “the lie.”  It’s a deception which the human race falls for every time.  Essentially the lie is this:  We believe that the Lord is grudging.  We imagine that, if He’s gracious at all, He doles out blessings with a teaspoon. Ever […]

This is my body

Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17 The mission of Christ’s life was His death.  It was His ‘glory’, or His ‘hour’ as He kept calling it.  And on the night before He died He instituted a meal to commemorate this central act of His coming. Incredibly, Jesus did not mainly set Himself forth as the Host […]

Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it …

Matthew 26:17-30 Every Sunday for 2000 years ministers of the gospel have been repeating this phrase. All over the world, Christ’s people gather to eat the bread and drink the wine and they hear these words: “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the […]

Greater love hath no man than this…

John 15:13-27 War memorials the world over record these words from Jesus: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13) In the context of a war memorial we might picture a brave soldier taking a bullet for another.  Or perhaps throwing himself on a […]

I am the Vine, ye are the branches

John 15:1-12 Last time we saw the incomparable enormity of Jesus.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  If we want to see God we must look no further but only at Jesus.  For, as He says, “The Father is in me and I am in the Father.” (John 14:10) While we are […]

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

John 14:5-31 –  “That’s the way.” –  “Ain’t that the truth.” –  “This is the life.” How do we tend to speak of the way, the truth and the life? For us, ‘the way’ is usually a technique or learned habit.  In the ‘religious realm’ we might think of lengthy pilgrimages and ritualised approaches to […]