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Matthew 26

Mat 26:1

Mat 26; 27: See Article, Peter and Judas.

Mat 26: There are a number of sections in this record that contrast one with the other. For example, vv 1-5 could be entitled "The conspiracy of hatred", while the next section (vv 6-13), could be entitled "The aroma of love". And again, vv 14-16 describe "A covenant of hatred", while vv 17-29 describe Christ's great "The covenant of love" -- remembered regularly by His disciples in the Breaking of Bread.

Mat 26:2

The rejection of Jesus begins with the leaders of Israel... but ends with the betrayal by his own disciples (Mar 14:18...).

WILL BE HANDED OVER: "Is being handed over": it was happening even as he spoke!

Mat 26:3

CAIAPHAS: High priest c AD 18-36. He was son-in-law and successor of Annas. Appointed by the Roman procurator Valerius Gratus (Pilate's immediate predecessor), he was deposed by Vitellius, "president of Syria " (Jos Ant 18:2:2; 4:3).

The earliest mention of him is in Luk 3:2: "Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests." This odd expression evidently reflects the fact that whereas the latter legally held the position of high priest, Annas continued to wield the power of the office. The next notice is in Joh 11:49-53, where Caiaphas advised that Jesus' life should be sacrificed to save the nation. He feared that the prophet from Nazareth would precipitate a political revolution, which might result in the whole nation being destroyed by Rome. John comments that, as high priest, Caiaphas uttered a prophecy that Jesus would die on behalf of the Jews and all mankind (cp also Joh 18:13,14).

At a later period his hostility to the gospel is still manifest (Acts 4:6). This high handed (false) high priest committed suicide when he was deposed by Rome several years after the death and resurrection of Christ.

Mat 26:4

IN SOME SLY WAY: "Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made" (Gen 3:1; cp Mat 3:7; 12:34; 23:33).

Mat 26:5

BUT NOT DURING THE FEAST: Irony: when they tried to kill him, they failed; when they resolved not to do so, they were forced into it!

Mat 26:6

See Lesson, Mary, "three women".

Mat 26:7

AN ALABASTER JAR OF VERY EXPENSIVE PERFUME: The Greek word so translated denotes, according to LS, "a globular vase without handles for holding perfumes, often made of alabaster." Such a container was itself costly whether made of alabaster or not, and thus it was only in use for holding perfumes that were of value. Evidently it was sealed, for Mark tells us that she broke the box or jar in order to pour its contents over the Master's head. The gift was costly, but it was given freely, with nothing held back. The broken vase is symbolic of many things: of the wholeheartedness of the gift and its irrevocability, and of the fact that suffering even to the point of breaking is sometimes the way in which the purest fragrance is released in life.

In Luke 7, Jesus is anointed by a sinner, in prospect of mercy. In Mat 26, he is anointed by a saint, in prospect of glory.

Mat 26:8

THE DISCIPLES... THEY: Including Judas (Joh 12n).

Mat 26:10

"As Jesus sat at the table in the house of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with a very expensive jar of perfume, which she poured on his head. Jesus described this action by saying, 'She has done a beautiful thing to me.' None of his disciples had done anything like that for him -- in fact, they complained about the waste of money in that it could have been given to the poor. But Jesus meant more to her than all the poor in the world, and so she expressed her love in the best way she could and anointed him in preparation for his burial.

"Jesus' reply to his disciples did not excuse them (or us) from looking after the poor, but what he said put our priorities into perspective. Jesus must come first in our lives above all else. He must be the centre of our affection as he was to the woman with the ointment. And even though Jesus is in heaven and not physically with us, we can still anoint him ourselves. We anoint him by pouring out our love on him, by praying to him, by serving him the best we can, by praising him and by bringing others to him. Take a moment to feel her passion as she anointed her Lord. Now we must anoint him ourselves with all the love we can. May we too do beautiful things for him" (RP).

Mat 26:12

POURED: "Ballo", to throw, not "murizo", as in Mar 14:8.

FOR MY BURIAL: Cp Joh 12:7. It was in fact the only true anointing, except for the dry spices used later. It was also an anointing in anticipation of his resurrection (Psa 45:6-8,11). Cp also the high priest's anointing of Psa 133. This psalm also suggests the anointing of the high priest preparatory to his entering the most holy place on the Day of Atonement.

Mat 26:13

I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, WHEREVER THIS GOSPEL IS PREACHED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WHAT SHE HAS DONE WILL ALSO BE TOLD, IN MEMORY OF HER: Why? Cp Luke 7:44-50, which, although in a different time period in its recording, appears to be a parallel account. Here is the way we may obtain forgiveness and peace -- through faith and devotion to God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus warns his disciples "not to trouble her"; we have the same protection, and there is strong punishment for those who trouble the believers (Gal 5:12).

Mat 26:15

A handful of coins -- and the prospect of more -- was enough to settle forever the conflict between good and evil. For what price do we sell the Kingdom?

SO THEY COUNTED OUT: "Covenanted" (AV); "weighed" (RV). See Zec 11:12.

THIRTY SILVER COINS: Cp Mar 14:11; Luk 22:5: "they promised, or agreed, to give him money": The 30 pieces of silver was a mere "down payment" -- perhaps 10%? (WGos 629).

Mat 26:17

WHERE DO YOU WANT US TO MAKE PREPARATIONS...?: To have named a precise location would have played into the hands of the betrayer. And so Jesus gives general directions only.

Mat 26:18

A CERTAIN MAN: Who will be carrying a jar of water (Mar 14;13; Luk 22:10).

MY APPOINTED TIME IS NEAR: The disciples thought Jesus was about to set up his kingdom, and declare himself as king; they arrived wondering what places they might have. They went into the room seeing themselves as lords, not as servants but as lords! They even argued with each other during the meal about who would be the greatest amongst them (Luk 22:24).

TO CELEBRATE THE PASSOVER: Note sig of the Passover: Deliverance from "Egypt" on the night when the firstborn was slain. Crossing of Red Sea, where enemies perish in the water = baptism. A journey, in which the believers are strengthened by food and water, divinely provided.

Mat 26:21

Citing Psa 41:9: "My close friend, whom I trusted." Cp also Psa 55:12-14. Note: Jesus broke bread with Judas! Cp Joh 13:26.

Mat 26:22

"A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup" (1Co 11:28). There is no hint that any of the disciples suspected Judas. "An indication of how completely the traitor lived his own life in his own world even while continuing to be an intimate member of the apostles' band."

Mat 26:23

"Judas was a thief and Jesus knew it, but tolerated him until he manifested himself. Was Jesus responsible while he fellowshiped him? Certainly not" (RR, Xd 92:417).

Mat 26:25

SURELY NOT I, RABBI?: Judas uses the most exalted address for Jesus -- as though to hide his intentions behind a profusion of praise.

Judas now leaves, going on an errand, but also to visit Caiaphas and the council. Caiaphas also visits Pilate, to make arrangements for next day.

Mat 26:26

Vv 26,27: The Lord's Supper: a memorial of Christ (Mat 26:26,27); a feast of remembrance (1Co 11:24); a banquet of victory (Act 20:7); a token of fellowship (1Co 10:16); and a confession of hope (1Co 11:26).

A commemoration, and not a repetition of sacrifice: Heb 10:10; 7:27. Why? Because Christ, the sacrifice, is ALIVE!

GAVE THANKS: KJV has "blessed it". The "it", however, is not in the Greek, and to understand what is meant we must remind ourselves of the prayer habits of the first century. It was customary then to begin prayer with the formula "Blessed art Thou, O Lord," and for example one of the oldest Jewish prayer forms known to us is that called the 18 Benedictions. This is a series of 18 prayers each of which begins with "Blessed art Thou, O Lord." The form of thanksgiving before a meal, as set forth in the Mishnah, runs, "Blessed art Thou, who bringest forth bread from the earth."

THIS IS MY BODY: "Is" = symbolizes: John 10:7; 15:1; 1Co 10:14; Rev 17:9; etc.

Does the nature, or type, of bread make a difference? JT writes, in 1856: "If a Christian drink of the Lord's cup, not discerning the Lord's body, or with malice and wickedness, he eats and drinks condemnation to himself; and does not fulfil the 'righteousness of the law;' but on the contrary, 'offers the blood of Jehovah's sacrifice with leaven,' which is death. To eat bread and drink wine at the table of the Lord is to 'offer up spiritual sacrifice.' This offering is 'acceptable to God through Jesus Christ' (1Pe 2:5), when offered, not in the letter, but in the spirit of the law... We conclude, therefore, that the quality of the bread matters not, so that we [as long as we] eat it in purity and truth, discerning the Lord's body. To strain at the quality of the bread and wine, is to Judaize; and to eat unleavened bread and drink unadulterated wine with the old leaven, or the leaven of malice and wickedness, is to swallow a camel. We walk by faith, not by the five senses. The quality of our meat or drink commendeth us not to God (1Co 8:8); but the fulfilling of all righteousness witnessed by the law and the prophets (Mat 3:15; Rom 3:21). In doing thus, 'we worship in spirit and in truth' (Joh 4:24)."

Mat 26:27

DRINK FROM IT, ALL OF YOU: KJV has "Drink ye all of it", but this does not mean: "Drink all of the wine"; instead, "All of YOU must drink!"

Mat 26:28

BLOOD OF THE COVENANT: See 1Co 11:25: "This cup IS the new covenant in my blood."

"Covenant" is not often referred to in the OT, but Exo 24 tells of how the nation solemnly entered into covenant relationship with God: "Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you" (Exo 24:8). There are only two other places in the OT where men are sprinkled with blood, namely in the consecration of Aaron and his sons to the priesthood (Lev 8), and in the purification of the leper who has been healed (Lev 14). In these incidents the sprinkling with blood seems to mark two things: cleansing from previous defilements and consecration to a new state wherein God might be served more fully. These are the ideas associated with the "blood of the covenant" in Exo 24. The people were then being cleansed from the defilements and the sins of their previous existence, and were being set apart for a glorious destiny -- they were to be the people of God.

THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS: Cp Isa 53:11,12; Jer 31:31-34; Heb 8:8-13.

Mat 26:29

I WILL NOT DRINK... UNTIL...: See Isa 24:23; 25:6.

Mat 26:30

A HYMN: By tradition at Passover, this was Psa 113; 114 at beginning, and Psa 115-118 at end.

Mat 26:31

// Psa 44:22.

Mat 26:32

I WILL GO AHEAD OF YOU: As a shepherd leading his flock.

Mat 26:33

Peter (1) questioned Christ, (2) put himself above others, and (3) was confident in his own abilities.

Cp Peter's boasts to the empty bluster of the rooster (Mar 14:68).

Peter thinks he will lay down (sw Joh 10:11,15) his life for Jesus. Instead, Jesus will lay down his life for Peter. A great irony: cp David/God/build house: 2Sa 7.

Mat 26:35

AND ALL THE OTHER DISCIPLES SAID THE SAME: It was SO easy to say! How pathetic might some of our promises sound in retrospect.

Mat 26:36

Jesus knew Judas would be coming here (a familiar spot for the group to rest: Joh 18:2,3). So here he waits, placing himself in Judas' hands.

GETHSEMANE: Lit "a wine press for oil". Poss its olive trees provided oil for the anointing of priests and kings.

Mat 26:37

Some disciples are closer to their Lord than others. "Members one of another."

THE TWO SONS OF ZEBEDEE: James and John. The two who promised to drink of his cup.

SORROWFUL AND TROUBLED: The mark of a man, not a god! A sign of weakness, trial, but also of compassion and sympathy (Heb 4:15,16; 5:2,7,8).

Mat 26:38

MY SOUL IS OVERWHELMED WITH SORROW TO THE POINT OF DEATH: David -- in his great trial -- left Jerusalem and passed over Kedron (and Jordan: 2Sa 17:22), fleeing from Absalom (Psa 42; 43). Fulfilling this pattern, we see Jesus passing over Kedron to Gethsemane (cp Psa 42:5,11; 43:5 with Mat 26:38.

A number of other psalms seem to be based on the "Absalom" experiences of David, and thus point to the same New Testament scenario: Psalms 3; 4; 11; 23; 28; 31; 35; 38; 39; 41; 55; 61; 64; 69; 71; 84; 88; 94; 109; 140; 141.

Consider especially Psa 55:2-7,13,14,21; Psa 88 (all!); Psa 94:16-23.

KEEP WATCH WITH ME: Were his disciples already failing him?

Mat 26:39

GOING A LITTLE FARTHER: He separates himself even from the closest three: seeking the utmost privacy to communicate with his Father. Cp picture of tabernacle/temple: Jesus // Most holy; the 3 // Holy place; the other 8 // outer court; and Judas and crowd // world outside!

THIS CUP: The hours of waiting, or the cross itself? If the cross itself, he would realize quickly that this could not be avoided -- thus "not as I will..."

Various possibilities: (1) a natural human revulsion to suffering and death. (2) Loss of fellowship with God (Psa 6:4,5; Isa 38:18,19). (3) The shame of crucifixion (Psa 69:6,7,10,19,20; Isa 50:6; Heb 6:6; 12:2; Psa 13:3,4). (4) The burden of guilt pertaining to others (Psa 40:12; 69:5; 41:4; 31:10; cp Dan 9:3-25; Neh 1:6,7; Psa 106:6; Josh 7:1; Ezr 9:6; 2Sa 21:1). (5) "Forsake by Father" (Psa 22:1; 31:22). (6) Exhaustion, spiritual and physical (Psa 55:5-8). (7) A sense of failure (Isa 49:4; Psa 116:10,11; 118:3,4; cp 1Ki 19:4).

NOT AS I WILL: Christ has a will of his own: Rom 15:3.

"With gentle resignation still, he yielded to the Father's will..." But WAS it GENTLE?

Mat 26:40

See Lesson, Watching for an hour.

Three times the disciples wake, and fall asleep again. Why did they fall asleep? (1) Long days of activity preceding Passover; (2) wine at dinner; (3) lateness of hour; (4) long wait in dark garden.

Mat 26:42

"There are those who point out the increased sensitiveness of Christ to physical suffering; but have we realized his sensitiveness to sin? He lived in the presence of his Father, in an atmosphere of holiness and light. He went down to the shame and ignominy of a criminal's death. His pure mind had to face all the degradation of mockery, exposure and crucifixion. He was made sin for us, who knew no sin. And because he was bearing the sin of the world and accepting the curse of the tree, he must be alone... He knew that the terrible cry of Psa 22 would be wrung from his lonely, aching heart. Already the horror of great darkness was upon him. The Lord was laying upon him the iniquity of us all. Bearing iniquity was a desolating experience. It was here (in Gethsemane), not on the morrow in Jerusalem, that our Saviour was undergoing the ordeal of his trial. All that happened to him afterwards would be physical. This was his hour. This was his victory, 'Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done' " (MP 329).

Mat 26:43

"I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none" (Psa 69:20).

Mat 26:44

Three times he prayed: as the High Priest went into "Most Holy" 3 times on day of atonement.

Mat 26:45

He sits with the sleeping disciples, as a shepherd keeping watch over his flock, quietly awaiting the coming of the band of men to arrest him. (Suggestion: a long period, an hour or two, while they sleep... before Jesus' "Look!") During the last part of this waiting, Jesus would see the approach of the arresting party, a good way off: (a) they came late at night, (b) with torches, (c) descending into valley from city, (d) climbing mount on opposite side, toward the garden.

Mat 26:46

RISE! LET US GO!: Not only does he await his persecutors and murderers, but he rises to go and meet them!

"Weeping relieves feeling and betokens inner emotions, but it does not solve problems. The prostrate figure in Gethsemane, weeping it would seem his very life's blood from brow to cheek, reached the moment of ultimate resolution, of final commitment and said: 'Arise; and let us be going.' Out of our tears finally, if they are to be of value to us, there must emerge a resolve of spirit. Perpetual and inconsolable grief is defeat and self-destruction. However great the burden, however irreplaceable the loss, however terrible the desolation which brings about our sorrow, for the follower of Jesus the moment must come when, having poured all his tears into God's bottle, he lifts up the head and says: 'Arise, and let us be going' " (TMD 45).

HERE COMES MY BETRAYER!: Christ could see the approach of the party to arrest him: they came late at night, carrying torches, traversing the Kidron Valley and climbing the mountain. (If Christ had not awakened the disciples, they might never have seen him go.)

Mat 26:47

JUDAS: "Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus" (Acts 1:16).

SWORDS: Regular weapons of Roman soldiers.

CLUBS: Regular weapons of Jewish temple guards.

Mat 26:48

THE ONE I KISS IS THE MAN: Why was it necessary that the Son of Man be betrayed with a kiss? There is, of course, the obvious symbolism: the deceitful treachery of a familiar friend. But, on close examination, there would appear to be a practical reason for Judas to suggest a kiss: the time set for Jesus' arrest was night, and the place a rather secluded garden. The Jews bent on taking Jesus have realized that, in the confusion of an arrest, he could slip out of their hands quite easily. The trick would be to single him out from his followers while they were still at some distance, so that -- when they fled, as it was supposed they would do -- the soldiers would know which of the shadowy figures to pursue and lay hands on. (Under normal visibility there would have been no problem identifying Jesus.) And thus the stratagem of having Judas precede the multitude, for only a member of the inner circle (so they would suppose) could get close enough to single out the leader from his followers.

HOLD HIM FAST: Judas would remember previous futile attempts to arrest Jesus: Luk 4:30; John 7:30; 8:20,59; 10:39.

Mat 26:49

AND KISSED HIM: "If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God... His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords" (Psa 55:12-14,21).

Mat 26:50

FRIEND: "Comrade", "associate", not ordinary word for "friend".

DO WHAT YOU CAME FOR: Or, as mg, "WHY have you come?" One final appeal to Judas to examine his ways and repent.

Mat 26:51

ONE OF JESUS' COMPANIONS: Peter (Joh 18:10). Was he aiming for Judas (cp Joh 13:24)?


CUTTING OFF HIS EAR: See the contrast: some (like Jesus) wait, watch, pray, prepare, weigh alternatives, and (only then) act. Others (like Peter) doze off, sleep, wake suddenly, and then "cut off an ear". (Jesus heals the ear: Luk 22:51.)

Mat 26:52

See Lesson, Military and police.

Mat 26:53

DO YOU THINK I CANNOT CALL ON MY FATHER?: In John 18:6, they went backward and fell to the ground! Demonstrating that he had a great divine power.

TWELVE LEGIONS OF ANGELS: One legion for each angel. At the first passover, the protecting angels who turned aside the angel of death from the faithful ones of each tribe. This is the last passover, and Christ now commands all the legions, for he is the embodiment and hope of all the 12 tribes -- and the Gentiles as well. (Of course, he is also the Passover "lamb", and that is why he must die: v 54.)

Mat 26:56

THEN ALL THE DISCIPLES DESERTED HIM AND FLED: They thus fled from their only true safety!

Darkness closes down upon the scene. The garden, with its gnarled old olive trees, is dark and quiet again. The silence is broken only by the rustling of the leaves.

Mat 26:57

Annas was no longer the official High Priest, but the title (and power and wealth) remained in family: 5 different sons, and finally his son-in-law Caiaphas became High Priest(from 18 to 36 AD: OP 23:262). They were a ruthless and ambitious family, who would do almost anything to maintain power (MP 332).

Two injustices here: (1) a private meeting, and (2) late at night. A night trial was illegal: Act 4:3; 5:17-19.

Mat 26:58

AT A DISTANCE: Luk 23:49.

Mat 26:59


Mat 26:60

Where was Judas? Had it been expected that he would be the "star witness"? But instead, he defected and hid himself, thus throwing their carefully-laid plans into disarray.

MANY FALSE WITNESSES CAME FORWARD: The false witnesses, by law, were liable to the same punishment they sought to inflict on another (Deu 19:15-21). Cp trial of Naboth (1Ki 21:1-19).

FINALLY TWO CAME FORWARD: Were these two members of the Sanhedrin? (WGos 740).

Mat 26:61

This (an obvious misapplication) was the best they could do! But, ironically, the death of Jesus would also mark the "end" of the Temple!

AND REBUILD IT: An obvious misapplication: In effect Christ says, "Destroy me, and in 3 days I will rise again." Jesus himself = temple (Joh 1:14; 2:19-21; Mat 12:6).

IN THREE DAYS: Always ref resurrection (cp Mar 8:31; 9:31; 10:33).

Mat 26:62

THE HIGH PRIEST: Now Caiaphas (cp Psa 109:2-4).

Mat 26:63

BUT JESUS REMAINED SILENT: "They have spoken against me with a lying tongue... but I give myself unto prayer" (Psa 109:2,4). Cp 1Pe 2:23. Jesus' silence is more eloquent than any words!

"What was the single most amazing thing that Jesus did? Was it the overcoming of the tempter in the wilderness? Was it acts of healing? Of raising the dead to life? Was it even hanging on the cross?

"I submit that the single most amazing thing that our Lord did, was to be silent.

"Jesus was on trial. He was set upon by a band of none-too-gentle soldiers, under orders to whisk him away to a night-time court. False witnesses accused him. Malicious council members conspired against him. Falsely pious leaders plotted with evil intent against him. And all the while, Jesus knew that he was right, and they were wrong.

"Before them was a loved Son. The accused was the only one who was truly blameless. The only one who really cared in his heart for the nation that these brutish elders thought they were saving from the Romans. Before them was someone who had only and always given of himself for others. The only one who had the power to truly do good. The only one who had the power to throw off the true yoke. Jesus was silent.

"Jesus was not powerless. He could have confuted the lies. He could have shouted down the insinuations as well as the blunt accusations. He could have put them in their place. He could have annihilated their arguments. He could have used his power to hurt them, or destroy them, and escape. He was right, and they were all wrong. Jesus was silent.

"How do we react, I wonder, to words spoken against us? Do we consider that they may be justified? Most times they probably are, and we are blind to our own failings.

"More often, perhaps, we are blinded by our sense of justice. We are quick to excuse ourselves, and even quicker to attack supposed injustice against ourselves. We may lash out most often against those closest to us. When we are tempted to react in such a way, let us think on the mind of Christ. "Let this mind be in you..." (Mike Bull).

I CHARGE YOU UNDER OATH BY THE LIVING GOD: The oath of Mishna, called also the "oath of the testimony", binding the defendant to answer (Lev 5:1). In Jewish law, the oath is taken by the judge and not by the witness (Stalker 22).

Mat 26:64

IT IS AS YOU SAY: Not, as KJV, "Thou hast said." Not evasive, but a direct and definite answer ("Why Moved the Stone?" 26; cp Mar 14:62).

IN THE FUTURE YOU WILL SEE THE SON OF MAN SITTING...: Only for the moment could they pretend to be "judges". In the future HE would be the true and eternal Judge... of them all!

Mat 26:65

THE HIGH PRIEST TORE HIS CLOTHES: According to the Mishna, when the accused actually utters the name of Yahweh -- as Jesus does when he answers, "I am" (v 64) -- then he is now clearly guilty of blasphemy, "and the priests may rend their garments and pronounce him guilty".

The prescribed method for dissociating oneself from blasphemy (SMk 193). But illegal for a High Priest(Lev 21:10), prejudicial as a judge, and symbolizing, unknowingly, the end of his own priesthood (cp Isa 50:9). (High Priest's garment and veil of temple, of same material: cp Mar 15:38.) Thus, inadvertently, the High Priest was treating his special garments like the veil and curtains of the Temple, "waxed old and ready to vanish away"; he was declaring an end to his own priesthood!

Also, the High Priest rending his garment contrasts sharply with the priestly-type garment of Jesus, which was seamless and was not torn (Joh 19:23,24).

HE HAS SPOKEN BLASPHEMY: Not a blasphemy against God or Jewish Law, but against Caesar: "We have no king but Caesar" (Joh 19:12,15). Caiaphas was looking for something specifically to arouse the Roman authorities, and in Jesus' intimation of future kingship he thinks he may have found it.

Mat 26:67

Cp Isa 50:6. A complete loss of all judicial restraint and dignity. Even Sanhedrin members participate (cp Psa 22:16: the whole assembly).

Mat 26:68

PROPHESY: He was blindfolded (Luk 22:64). 'Tell us who is striking you.' One day he will!

Mat 26:69

The only instance in the Gospels where a woman is not on Jesus' side! Or is she?

YOU ALSO WERE WITH JESUS OF GALILEE: The "also" suggests the presence of someone else: John (who was also there: John 18:15-17) was not afraid to admit to being a companion of Jesus.

Was Peter afraid especially because of his violent action against the High Priest's servant? Cp John 18:26.

Mat 26:74

TO CALL DOWN CURSES: His old fisherman's habit?

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