Friday, October 23, 2015

Matthew, Day 5 Readings

The Night of Jesus' Arrest and the Resurrection 

Today's first reading is part of the longer story of Jesus' final night before his crucifixion.  Before this selection, Jesus shares the Passover seder with his disciples, and institutes the Lord's Supper.  Then he prepares for his arrest with a warning that all of the disciples will abandon him before praying for strength in the night ahead.

Arrested, Jesus answers the many accusations mostly with silence before offering one sentence of Jewish prophecy, which further enrages the religious authorities.  By now the disciples have all fled except for Peter, but Peter denies ever having met Jesus.  This leaves Jesus to face the political authorities alone.

Read Matthew 26:31-75  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading is the brief conclusion to the story of Jesus' life -- the final dramatic proof that he is the Messiah.  After being crucified, Jesus is resurrected, appearing to his disciples and giving them a final teaching -- to go spread Jesus teaching and make disciples of others, including people of all nations.  Against this final lesson, though, is the rumor that Jesus was not alive, but that his disciples simply stole his body and invented the story of resurrection -- a story that has led some people to fail to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

Read Matthew 28:1-20  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Matthew 24-28 today.