Matthew 26

The pattern I have followed for this blog since January 1st is to summarize the chapter for the day, pointing out a key teaching or two and suggesting some application of truth. I am breaking that pattern today because my attempt at analysis and summary kept getting in the way of how it speaks to me on a personal level. Also, this verse from Hebrews kept coming to mind as I read:

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.
(Hebrews 4:15a)

Has anyone ever talked about you behind your back? (v.4) Jesus understands.

Have you ever had a so-called friend whom you knew in your heart was not a friend? (v.25) Jesus understands.

Have you ever been given an empty promise? (v.33-35) Jesus understands.

Have you ever been troubled, distressed? (v.37) Jesus understands.

Have you ever felt sorrow? (v.38) Jesus understands.

Have you ever struggled with God’s will for your life? (v.39) Jesus understands.

Have you ever had friends who let you down when you really needed them? (v.40-43) Jesus understands.

Have you ever been betrayed? (v.47-50) Jesus understands.

Have you ever felt forsaken and left alone? (v.56) Jesus understands.

Have you ever been falsely accused? (v.59-60) Jesus understands.

Have you ever been hurt without cause? (v.67) Jesus understands.

Have you ever been mocked, made fun of? (v.68) Jesus understands.

Have you ever had a friend who turned their back on you? (v.69-75) Jesus understands.

Be encouraged, my friend — Jesus understands! And He comforts and loves and gives peace. Hallelujah!

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