by Marvin D. Patterson

Jesus Preparing for Our Salvation
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 26:1-16

A young lady visited a computer dating service and requested, ''I'm looking for a spouse. Can you please help me to find a suitable one?''

The matchmaker said, ''What exactly are you looking for?''

''Well, let me see. Needs to be good looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour if I don't go out. Be able to tell me interesting stories when I need a companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.''

The matchmaker entered the information into the computer and, in a matter of moments, handed the results to the woman.

The results read, ''Buy a television.''


We are back into the last week of the earthly ministry of Christ. He came to Bethany on Saturday, and ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He has cleansed the temple, and cursed the fig tree, which stood for the Nation of Israel. He then proceeded to the Temple and He taught the people about the Kingdom of God. He gave a scathing rebuke to the religious leaders of Israel, which included the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Herodians. He gave His own sermon on His second return to this earth, and now He will prepare to go to the cross in just two days.

It is late in the evening on Wednesday when we get into chapter 26 of Matthew's gospel. He will go to the Cross of Calvary on Friday, and die for your sins and for my sins. He will rise from the dead on Sunday of this same week, therefore becoming head of the church, and the resurrected and living Savior of the world! In this chapter we see the preparations for the cross, and in chapter 27, we will see the crucifixion, and in chapter 28 we will see the highlight of all Scripture, the resurrection of Jesus Christ over death, hell, and the grave! With that in mind, let us dig in Matthew 26:1.


1-The prediction of Christ

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