by Marvin D. Patterson

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What Shall We Do With Jesus? - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Series: Easter
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 27: 11-26

A customer at Abe's Gourmet Grocery marveled at the proprietor's quick wit and intelligence.

"Tell me, Abe, what makes you so smart?"

"I wouldn't share my secret with just anyone," Abe replies, lowering his voice so the other shoppers won't hear, "But since you're a good and faithful customer, I'll let you in on it. Fish heads. You eat enough of them, you'll be positively brilliant."

"You sell them here?" the customer asks.

"Only $4 apiece," says Abe.

The customer buys three. A week later, he's back in the store complaining that the fish heads were disgusting and he isn't any smarter.

"You didn't eat enough, " says Abe.

The customer goes home with 20 more fish heads. Two weeks later, he's back and this time he's really angry.

"Hey, Abe," he says, "You're selling me fish heads for $4 apiece when I just found out I can buy the whole fish for $2. ...You're ripping me off!"

"You see?" says Abe. "You're smarter already."


The scene in this passage takes place very early on Friday Morning. It is Passover, and the City of Jerusalem is crawling with activity. Jews have come from far and wide to attend the special Passover celebrations that occur once a year in Jerusalem. Estimates have been given of between one and two million people could have been in Jerusalem for this festivity. For Jesus and the disciples, it has been a very exhausting night. It started with Jesus taking the disciples into the Upper Room on Thursday Night. He washed their feet, and they shared the Passover Meal, which was transferred into the Lord’s Supper. As Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He was showing that true leadership should seek to meet the needs of others.

And then Jesus told the disciples that they would all forsake Him in His hour of need, and they all denied. Judas left the group to go inform the religious leaders of the ...

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