Looking Closely at Our Hearts (Matthew 26:14-30)
Gearl Spicer, January 3, 2021
Part of the Just In Time - Capturing The Moments series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Matthew 26:14–30 (Listen)
14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Just In Time - Capturing The Moments
Looking Closely at Our Hearts
How often do you look closely at your heart?
Kairos - right, critical, opportune moment
And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him,
The Teacher says, My TIME is near; I am to keep the Passover at
Your house with My disciples." vs. 18
Evaluation Process to look at our hearts:
I. Preparation - Identify any sins that steal our moments-vs. 14-16
II. Setting - Recognize He has places for our hearts to commune - vs. 17-19
III. Contrast - Failure to seize the moment led to betrayal - vs. 20-25
IV. Call - Surrender to His greater purpose - vs. 26-30
Will you look closely at your heart?
Communion table -
Moment to reflect and remember