Matthew 26:31-56 – KEEP WATCH WITH HIM

Matthew 26:31-56 – KEEP WATCH WITH HIM

Opening Anthem by Grades 2-3: “There Is A Green Hill Far Away”
Liturgy – Page 38 (abbreviated “Service of the Word”)
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 26:31-56
Hymn – 472
SERMON – Matthew 26:31-56 – KEEP WATCH WITH HIM
Offertory – Offering
Prayer – Lord’s Prayer
Benediction
Closing Hymn – 104
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Matthew 26:31-56
(Wartburg Project Translation)

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
(Mk 14:27-31; Lk 22:31-34; Jn 13:36-38)
31Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
33Peter answered him, “Even if all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
34Jesus said to him, “Amen I tell you, tonight before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.”
35Peter said to him, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same.

Gethsemane
(Mk 14:32-42; Lk 22:39-46)
36Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane. He said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to be sorrowful and distressed. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to the point of death. Stay here, and keep watch with me.”
39He went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed. He said, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “So, were you not able to stay awake with me for one hour? 41Watch and pray, so that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to pass from me unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43Again he returned and found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time. He said the same words as before. 45Then he returned to his disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise. Let us go. Look, my betrayer is near.”

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
(Mk 14:43-52; Lk 22:47-54; Jn 18:1-14)
47While Jesus was still speaking, suddenly Judas (one of the twelve) arrived. With him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, “Whoever I kiss is the man. Arrest him.” 49Immediately he went to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then they advanced, took hold of Jesus and arrested him. 51Suddenly, one of the men with Jesus reached out his hand, drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, because all who take the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you not realize that I could call on my Father, and at once he would provide me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54But then how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?”
55At that same time Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out to arrest me with swords and clubs, as if I were a robber? Day after day I was sitting in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But all this has happened, so that the writings of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.