Summary: an exposition on Matt ch 26
1. The Preparation for the Passover v. 17 - 19 The disciples were to go:-
(a) To a specific place v. 17 Where wilt thou?
(b) To a specific person v. 18 "to such a man" He was :-
(1) An enlightened man "the Master saith"
(2) An enlisted man "at thy house"
(3) An enlivened man - I will keep the passover. what a privilege to entertain Jesus
(c) For a specific purpose v. 17 "to prepare the passover" i.e.
(1) The Lamb was to be purchased
(2) Slain at the temple
(3) It’s Blood poured at the base of the altar
(4) It’s Inwards offered with incense on the altar
(5) To be Roasted with fire
(6) And to be Prepared with unleavened bread, wine, and bitter herbs
2. The Participation in the Passover v. 20 Christ with His disciples (including Judas)
3. The Pattern of the Passover v. 21 "and as they did eat"
(a) The Cup of wine was blessed and drunk
(b) The Bread and herbs and roasted lamb enters with a blessing
(a) A picture of sacrifice "behold the lamb of God" as the Passover Lamb
(b) A picture of servitude i.e. in Egypt "when he smote the Egyptians and delivered our houses."
(c) A picture of salvation - in defeating the enemy, and in delivering the people, "and the people bowed the head and worshipped"
(d) A picture of celebration and thanksgiving
5. The Perfecting of the Passover v. 26 "and as they were eating" - in the Lord’s Supper, Christ Revealed
(a) His body was to be broken "Jesus took the bread"- it was :-
(1) Unleavened (pure)
(2) Provided (blessed)
(4) Distributed (given to the disciples)
(5) Eaten "take eat"
(6) Symbolical - represents my body broken for you
(b) His blood was to be shed v. 27 "He took the cup" it was :-
(1) Pure v. 29 - fruit of the vine
(2) Provided (blessed)
(3) Poured forth
(4) Partaken of v. 27 "drink ye all of it"
(5) Prophetical v. 28 represents my blood shed for many for the remission of sins. Note:-
(A) The reality of His death - His blood was really shed
(B) The result of His death - a new covenant v. 28 a new and living way of approaching God
(C) The reason for His death "the remission of sins"
(1) The ground of remission "the blood of Christ" i.e. salvation and every other blessing is through the blood
(2) The grandeur of remission - pardon from God as our Soverign, forgiveness from God as our Father, justification from God as our Judge, and sanctification from God as our Saviour
(3) The glory of remission - a complete discharge - "my God is reconciled, his pardoning voice I hear, He owns me for His child , I can no longer fear."
(4) The grace of remission - salvation is free through the blood - Christ has the wherewithal to save to the uttermost all who come
(c) and Our birthright is to be claimed v. 29 "until that day when I drink it new in my Father’s kingdom."