What Jesus Did! 'This Scheme Will Go Wrong!' — Matthew 26:1-5

Thursday, November 23, 2017

After Jesus finished saying all these things, he said to his followers, "You know that the day after tomorrow is Passover. On that day the Son of Man will be given {to his enemies} to be killed on a cross." Then the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders had a meeting at the palace where the high priest lived. The high priest's name was Caiaphas. In the meeting, they tried to find a way to arrest Jesus without the people seeing it. They planned to arrest Jesus and kill him. The men in the meeting said, "We cannot arrest Jesus during Passover. We don't want the people to become angry and cause a riot."
— Matthew 26:1-5 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 26:1-5 NLT — "You know that the day after tomorrow is Passover. On that day the Son of Man will be given {to his enemies} to be killed on a cross."

Key Thought

One of the key things we will notice throughout Jesus' journey through the Cross and on to his glorious return to his Father is his deliberate and purposeful control of these events. Jesus' crucifixion is not some horrible mistake. Jesus' death is not some horrible miscalculation on his part. The Cross is Jesus' commitment to our redemption and God's will. Jesus does not face death blindly. He knows he is about to be rejected and treated with scorn. He knows he will be abandoned by those he loves most. He knows that he will face humanity's inhumanity alone. Yet he does it at his own pace, by his own will, and because of his deep love for us. In contrast are the opponents of Jesus, the religious aristocracy and power base. They must scheme and plan to get rid of him. They must find an appropriate time to do him wrong, a time when no one else is looking because they are afraid. Interesting and pitiful at the same time. The one who will die goes purposefully to his death to redeem us and those who will murder him are afraid and scheming. Somehow the Evil One and those most aligned with him have some kind of premonition of their ultimate defeat and yet press the battle that ultimately ruins them. Just as they tried to prevent the discovery of an empty tomb that provided verification of Jesus' resurrection, their scheme to do Jesus in will make him the world's Savior. Praise God!

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, thank you for frustrating the power of Satan through the weakness of the Cross. Thank you for taking our cruelest and worst nature and using it to redeem us. Thank you for Jesus and his willingness to die to save me so I can live with you forever. In the name of my Savior and Lord, who died to conquer death. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 1:20-25
  • Psalm 2:1-5
  • Matthew 27:62-66


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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