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“From Gethsemane to Golgotha” Matthew 26:1-27:66

Date:April 10, 2022
Author: Wayne J. Edwards



The events that occurred that night in the Garden of Gethsemane have reverberated down through the centuries. The passion Jesus displayed on that momentous night has been depicted in music, books, and films for centuries. From the 16th century, when Bach wrote two magnificent oratorios based on the gospel accounts of Matthew and John, to the present-day film, The Passion of the Christ, the story of this extraordinary night has been told again and again.  As you recall, the Lord Jesus asked the Father twice to remove the cup of wrath He was about to drink. However, each time Jesus submitted Himself to the Father’s will, even though He was “exceedingly sorrowful unto death.” (Luke 22:45)

Beloved, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus died to Himself! Only a few hours later, on a hill called Golgotha, Jesus died for our sins! Let us not forget that the Lord asks all who will follow Him to die to ourselves, and take up our cross as well. We will explain this further in our next sermon in this series – “Behold the King – From Gethsemane to Golgotha.

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Old Testament reading – Psalm 31:9-16 – New Testament Reading – Philippians 2:5-11

Behold the King
“From Gethsemane to Golgotha”
Matthew 26:1-27:66

Wayne J. Edwards, Pastor

There is abundant evidence to prove Jesus’ death and resurrection was according to the “determined purpose and foreknowledge of God,” and that includes the historical timing of all the events.

  • Unless Jesus was the Promised Messiah –
  • Unless Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament Messianic Prophecies –
  • Unless Jesus fulfilled the Seven Feasts God commanded Israel to observe forever –
  • Unless Jesus was the God’s Passover Lamb, slain to take away the sins of the world –
  • Jesus died as a martyr and not our Savior, which means we are still lost in our sins and facing God’s eternal judgment.
  • However, in 1 Corinthians 5:7, the Apostle Paul said, “Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed.”
  • Therefore, those who believe in Him and have received Him as their Savior and Lord, have been marked with His blood, and saved from an eternal death. Amen, and Amen!

In this sermon, we will cover the events recorded in the 26th and 27th chapters of Matthew’s gospel.

Friday – Nisan 8 – Six Days before The Passover

  • Jesus and the disciples arrived in Bethany
  • Mary anointed Jesus for burial
  • Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver

It was common for a Jewish woman to have a flask of perfume around her neck.
This perfume would have cost 300 denarii in that day; the equivalent of a year’s wages. Today that would be comparable to about $54,000.00

Tuesday, Nisan 12 – Two Days Before the Passover

  • Disciples prepare Upper Room

Wednesday, Nisan 13 – One Day Before the Passover

  • Jesus and the disciples ate the Passover Supper
  • Jesus identified His betrayer
  • Judas left the room
  • Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper
  • Jesus introduced the New Covenant
  • Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn
  • Jesus said they all would betray Him
  • Peter boldly declared his loyalty
  • Jesus prayed at Gethsemane
  • Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss
  • Jesus arrested

o   Midnight – Jesus taken to Annas for questioning

o   1:00-200 am – Jesus taken to Caiaphas for questioning

o   5:00-6:00 am – Jesus stands before Sanhedrin – mock trial

o   6:00-7:00 am – Jesus stands before Pilate for sentencing

o   7:00-8:00 am – Jesus stands before Herod for sentencing

o   8:00-9:00 am – Pilate and Herod found Jesus to be innocent

      o 9:00-10:00 am – Jesus was beaten, scourged, mocked and paraded through the city
carrying  the top beam of the cross
o   12:00 noon – Jesus was nailed to the cross between two thieves

o   12:00-3:00 pm – Darkness covered the area for miles.

o   3:00 pm – Jesus cried out “It is finished – Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit,” an
earthquake occurred, the temple veil was torn, graves were opened, and the Roman Centurion
confessed Christ.

o   Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus prepared the body and buried it in a nearby tomb.

o   The Romans sealed the tomb and guarded it.