by Marvin D. Patterson

The God Who Gives Second Chances!
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 26: 31-46

Thanksgiving Dinner on the run. A woman called 1-800-323-4848 to find out how long it would take to roast her turkey. To answer the question, the Talk-Line home economist asked how much the bird weighed. The woman responded, "I don't know, it's still running around outside."

Then there's the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?" The stock boy replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."

Baby Bruno was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal. "What are you doing?" Bruno asked."Oh, I'm just stuffing the turkey," his grandmother replied. "That's cool!" Bruno said. "Are you going to hang it next to the deer?"


Jesus is getting ready to go to the cross the very next day. He knows what will happen, as He knows the future. Now He predicts that these disciples will flee, and then He goes into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray to His Father in heaven.

Have you ever had anyone that you dearly loved and trusted to turn their backs upon you, and run out on you just in your time of need? Maybe a friend, co-worker, or even a family member, or spouse forsook you during a moment of crisis. These are perilous days for our Savior, and He can identify with you in your time of need.

Jesus has had an exhausting last week. He has ridden into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He has cleansed the temple, and cursed the fig tree which symbolizes the setting aside of the Nation of Israel. He has condemned the Jewish religious leaders as snakes, vipers, and hypocrites, and they are searching for an opportunity to get rid of Jesus! Judas has betrayed the Lord for thirty pieces of silver, and now he is with the enemy leading them to the location of Jesus. Jesus has taken His last Passover, and turned it into the Lor ...

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