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Summary: how Jesus revealed to the Disciples how weak they really are

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The Revelation of the Flesh

Matthew 26:

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very 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.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” 34 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the 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! Here comes my betrayer!”

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 50 Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55 At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Pick a number from 1-9. Subtract 5. Multiply by 3. Square the number. (Multiply by the same number-not a square root.) Add the digits until you get only one digit i.e. 64=6+4=10, 10=1+0=1. If the number is less than 5, add five. Otherwise subtract 4. Multiply by 2. Subtract 6. Map the digit to a letter in the alphabet 1=A, 2=B, 3=C, etc.... Pick a name of a country that begins with that letter. Take the second letter in the country name and think of a mammal that begins with that letter. Think of the color of that mammal.

Let me guess. You picked a gray elephant from Denmark. These mind exercises are meant to show the predictability of the human mind. I don’t know exactly how of why it works that way, but for some reason our brains are usually hard wired to think that way.

In our text for today, Jesus predicted, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me.” Why would this happen? First of all, because God had predicted it in Zechariah 13:7 that when the shepherd was struck that the sheep would scatter. God’s Word never lies. Yet this is not only a revelation based on the trustworthiness of God’s Word. Jesus also mentioned that these things happen because “the flesh is weak.” And so tonight we will listen to Jesus give us a

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