Friday Morning, 25 Oct 2019 – Matthew 26: 20-35 ~ “Am I the one, Lord?”

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Matthew 26: 20-35 (NLT)

When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”

Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”

He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”

Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”

And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”

As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”

And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”

Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,

‘God will strike the Shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”

Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

“No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.
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Morning Reflection:

“Am I the one, Lord?”

“Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,
‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

Jesus was very aware of the events unfolding around him. He was not a victim of fate, rather He deliberately approached His death as a willing sacrifice and prepared His disciples carefully for the trauma of that event.

Jesus predicted that the disciples would desert Him that very night. They would find Him to be a source of stumbling. Jesus’ arrest would trip them up, and they would temporarily stop following Him faithfully.

Nevertheless, Jesus reminded them again that His death and their scattering were all within God’s sovereign plan. This did not excuse their failure, but it prepared them for it and helped them recover after it.

As an encouragement, Jesus assured the disciples that He would meet them in Galilee after His resurrection. They might abandon Him, but He would not abandon them.

Questions for consideration

  • “all of you will desert me” was directed specifically at the disciples, but does it apply to us as well? Please explain.
  • In spite of Jesus’ prediction, all the disciples vowed loyalty. Can you think of a time when you vowed loyalty to Jesus, only to falter and fail? Please explain.
  • Can you think of a time when Jesus gave you a second chance to live up to your vow to follow Him? Please explain.
  • What is your greatest challenge in following Jesus? Please explain.
  • What does participation in the Lord’s Supper mean to you? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:  Eucharistic Liturgical Prayer –

We do not presume to come to this your table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness,
but in your abundant and great mercies.

Thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the most precious Body and Blood
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
that we are living members of the body of your Son,
and heirs of your eternal Kingdom.
And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do,
to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
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“With All I Am”
– Hillsong

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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