Abandonment: Matthew 26:17-75
This is what makes the beginning of our text so incredible. Jesus and his disciples had their Passover meal together in the intimacy of the upper room. They were together, eating, drinking, and identifying their common bond as Jews, as friends, as those who believed in the Christ. In the midst of this Jesus said that he would be abandoned, denied, and more than that, betrayed. (In fact Judas had already plotted against Jesus for his silver.) Yet – and this is what makes this so remarkable – knowing full well that he was in the midst of his enemies and his weak-willed followers, He broke the bread and said, “take, eat, this is my body.” And “This is my blood of the covenant poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” He was giving himself to them. He was giving himself for them. He was establishing a covenant that he would not break. He was saying – you may abandon me and deny me, but I will not leave you. I will not forsake you. Instead, I will die for you and pour out my blood for your sin. My body will be broken for you.
I was talking to someone yesterday who said, “I hope I wouldn’t have denied Jesus if I was in their shoes.” But he would have…. I would have… You would have… We would have been chanting with the crowd, “Crucify him!” If it were not for this amazing love filled commitment that Jesus makes with us through his blood – a forever covenant.
Hallelujah, what a faithful savior…