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Summary: Following Christ in His last days on earth.

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The Directions From Jesus Matthew 26:17-30

I. The Preparation (26:17-19)

A. When? (26:17a)

. Feast of Passover - 1st day, 14th of Nisan

. Feast of Unleavened Bread - 15th to 21st of Nisan

B. Who? (27:17b) Jesus and His men

C. Where? (26:17c-19)

1. The Telling (26:17c-18) certain man

. Mark 14:13; Luke 22:10 - carrying a pitcher of water

. Omniscience; highly unusual for a man, domestic article

2. The Teacher (26:18b) Instruction & Intimacy (John 13-17)

. Certain man, a servant; owner of house; both believers

. Jesus may have secretly prearranged for the room?

3. The Timing (26:18c) specific, predetermined period

. John 2:4b; 7:6, 8, 30; 8:20; 12:23, 27; 13:1

. Will keep; Matthew 3:15 - to fulfill all righteousness

4. The Trusting (26:19)

II. The Pretender (26:20-25)

A. The Assembly (26:20-21a)

1. Cup #1 of wine mixed with water.

2. Ceremonial washing - moral & spiritual cleansing

3. Controversy between the disciples - who’s the greatest

4. Cleaning of disciples feet - Jesus & His serving

. Mark 9:34; Luke 22:24-26; John 13:4-5, 15

5. Conflict -ate bitter herbs; bondage endured

6. Cup #2 of wine - explained by the head of the house

7. Celebration - singing of Psalm 113-118; Hallel - hallelujah

8. Clean hands and breaking of bread & eating of the lamb.

B. The Announcement (26:21b) Betrayal - give over

C. The Amazement (26:22) deeply grieved, exceeding sorrow

. Impact made - John 13:22-26; 28-29; Is it I?

D. The Action (26:23) John 13:18; Psalm 41:9

E. The Admonishment (26:24)

F. The Asking (26:25a)

G. The Answer (26:25b)

III. The Participation (26:26-28)

A. The Explanation - Luke 22:17, 20

1. Cup of Restoration - Exodus 6:6a; thanksgiving

2. Cup of Rebuke - Exodus 6:6b; 10 plagues, afflictions

3. Cup of Redemption - Exodus 6:6c

4. Cup of Resolution - Exodus 6:7; blessing

5. Cup that Remains - Exodus 6:8; Elijah’s

B. The Elements (26:26-28) major transition!

. Judas leaves, now He has 11 faithful men; Passover to L.S.

. John 13:26-30; Always a blessing; Matthew 14:19; 15:36

1. The Cracker (26:26) bread / body

. It represents physical - 1 Corinthians 11:24; 1 Peter 2:24

Suffering, substitute, punished, penalty; God satisfied

No broken bones - John 19:36; Psalm 34:20; Exodus 12:46

. It refers to sinless body; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; unleavened

. It reveals unity & fellowship - 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

2. The Cup (26:27-28) beverage / blood

. It represents the shedding of blood for sin - 1 Peter 1:18-19

. It requires faith - taste it; John 6:53-56

1 Corinthians 11:21; 1 Peter 2:3

. It reminds - unconditional love & God’s faithfulness

Jeremiah 31:31-37; the new covenant

. It recognizes - 1 Corinthians 11:26; centrality of His death

IV. The Promise (26:29) assured them of His return

V. The Praise (26:30)


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