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Study Bible published by Tyndale House Publishers from Wheaton, Illinois and
Zondervan Publishing House from Grand Rapids, Michigan

AUTHOR’S
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I am writing this book, I believe, as a response to a
calling by God. For a number of weeks during the worship time in the church me
and my family attends I had this sense that God wanted me to tell people about
His Son’s suffering, ressurrection and the promise of Jesus’ return in glory on
the day of the Lord, Judgment Day. This book is the result of that calling by
God. Our heavenly Father wants all people to know of his incredible love for
humankind. He loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, into this
world to become the ultimate sacrifice, once and for all, to save this broken
and despairing world we live in from the bondage of sin and death in which
Satan is keeping this world. Such deep and incredib;le love is far beyond any
human understanding. People out there need to know that our Lord and Saviour,
Jesus, rose from the dead and is alive now and forevermore. He ascended into
heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God,interceding for us. I am no
theologian or had any theological training. I am only  an ordinary person being obedient to God who
I firmly believe, have called me to write this book in obedience to the Great
Commission that Jesus gave to His disciples, and by implication, to all
believers before returning to His Father in heaven ( Matthew 28 : 16-20 and Mark 16 : 15-18 ).

This book will take take the reader on a journey through
the last hours of our Lord Jesus’ life and the suffering He endured because of
His love for us. This book will givev it’s readers a behind the scenes look
what Jesus exoerienced during the last hours of His life on earth. This journry
will answer the question of why the Jewish religious leaders wanted to have
Jesusv executed. We will also look at everything that happened when Jesus and
His disciples shared what became known as the 
Last Supper and the meaning of it for Jesus’ church on earth.This will
be followed by  Jesus agonising in the
garden of Gethsemane,the hurt of His betrayal by Judas Iscariot who  was with Him since the start of His ministry
on earth , the arrest of Jesus and the total farce His trails before the Jewish
and Roman authotities of the day, the intense hurt and dissapointment Jesus
felt when Peter, whom Jesus loved dearly, denied Him and  the horrific death Jesus experienced on the
cross. Thankfilly this book does not have to end here. The rest of this book
will be a joyful celebration of the glorious ressurection of our Lord Jesus,
His ascension to heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father
interceding for you and me and the glorious promise that He shall return again
to take those who believed, trusted and obeyed Him and accepted His sacrifice
on the cross, to the place prepared for them in the house of God the Father.(
John 14 : 4 ).

Sometimes we, as followers of Jesus, forget the
incredible suffering, pain both physical and spiritual, that Jesus went through
and His excruciating death on the cross. This book will remind the reader of
this and also give the reader a close-up look at Jesus’ physical and spiritual
suffering. Why did Jesus do this willingly ? Thev answer to this question can
be found in His incredible He love for you and me so much so and me so much
that He could not bear to see us going into eternal condemnation because of our
sin. To save us from this fate Jesus gave His life willingly on the cross because
He knew that He, sinless, blameless and pure, was the only sacrifice acceptable
to God. He paid the debt for our sin that we could never pay. But this book is
also a reminder and celebration of the fact that although Jesus died on the
cross He did not stay dead. No, on the third day after His death, God His
Father raised Him from the dead forever defeating Satan’s most fearsome weapon,
death. Our Lord Jesus is alive and reigns forever! Amen. Today we have a High
Priest in heaven, Jesus, interceding for us before God the Father. However when
Jesus ascended to heaven He did not leave us alone to our own devices and
machinations but sent the Holy Spirit to continue to teach and guide us. All
believers must live every day as if it is the day of Jesus’ glorious return to
judge the living and the dead and to take those who remained faithful to Him to
their eternal home in heaven where they will spend etenity in His glorious and
majestic presence.. 

Because Jesus Jesus gave His life willingly on the cross
He defeated Satan and delivered us from the slavery of sin and death.  He won for us the victory over Satan, sin and
death on the cross of Calvary once and for all. Because of His sacrifice on the
cross we no longer need to fear death because for all believers death is not
the end but the beginning of the eyernal life that was promised ( John 3 :16 ).
What remains for us who believe in and follow Him is to enforce that victory
and refute the lies of Satan that he is in control. He is defitely not not, but
Jesus definitely is. In Jesus we have eternal life. Therefore we no longer have
to fear death. This truth is found in John 3 : 16 : “For God so loved the world
that He gave His one and only Son, that whomever believes in Him shall not
perish but have eternal life”.

We serve a loving and awesome God. My prayer is that
eveyone who reads this book will look with new eyes at Jesus’ suffering and
death because of His great love for you and me. Through the selfless sacrifice
of His life you and I can now have the hope of salvation where before there was
no hope.We can also accept His glorous ressurection signifying that He is alive
and victorious over Satan, freeing us forever from the clutches of Satan. We
must also never forget that now we have an intercessor in heaven in Jesus,
interceding on our behalf before God the Father. Lord  we thank You for loving us so much that You
gave Your perfect Son to save us from the clutches of Satan.Jesus we look
forward to Your coming again in glory to claim those who stays faithful to You
and obey You. Amen

In writing this book I myself came to a deeper
understanding of Jesus’ great love for me. It was very hard to describe Jesus’
suffering and death on the cross because of our sin.  It was so hard and emotional for me that at times
I had tears in my eyes because I came to the full realisation once more that It
was our sins that put Him upon the cross of Golgotha. But Jesus did not stay
dead. No, on the the third day after His death on the cross He was gloriously
raised to life by God the Father. To all humanity I declare that we serve a
living Jesus that defeated Satan on the cross and through His  resurrection from the dead. What a joy and
celebration it was to write about His resurrection and His promise to return
one day to fetch those that belong to Him. IIt is my sincere and heartfelt
prayer that this book will bring you to a deeper understanding that Jesus
suffered and died in the cross because He loved you.I also pray that you will
embrace the assurance that jesus was raised from the dead and that, therefore
you serve a Jeasus that is alive now and for all eternity. I myself am looking
forward to the day when Jesus will come again in glory to take those who have
chosen to follow Him to the place that He has prepared for them in heaven.
.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER
1

Plotting
to kill Jesus ( Matthew 26 : 1-5 ; Mark 3 : 1-6 and Luke 22 : 1-2 ) :

The plot to kill Jesus, in my view, put into motion the
suffering and death that Jesus would endure in our place. Fortunately for
humankind everything did not end with Jesus’ death. No, Jesus was raised to
life by God and in so doing forever defeated Satan and sin. Jesus also promised
that  one day He will return in glory to
judge the living and the dead and to rule as eternal King over His kingdom that
will have no end  ( Revelation 22 : 12-13
: “Behold, I am coming soon ! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone
according to what He has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the
Last, the Beginning and the End.” ).

The plot to kill Jesus was orchastrated by the chief
priests and elders under the leadership of Caiaphas the current High Priest. As
the Passover was approaching the Jewish religious leaders gathered in the home
of Caiaphas, the current High Priest, and under his leadership started to plot
to arrest Jesus and have Him executed. What was it that infuriated the Jewish
religious leaders to such an extent that they hated Jesus so much that they
started to plot to have Jesus, the Son of God, executed ?

To answer this question :

1.Jesus did not adhere to their rules and regulations
regarding the Law ( Ten             
Commandments ) because they were man-made and was added to the original
Law, as given by God to Moses. Jesus by no means disrespected the Law that God
gave to Moses. He , however, had no time for all these manmade rules and
regulations that the Jewish leaders created and added to the Law because it
obscured what  God had in mind when He
gave the Jews the Law. Jesus Himself declared : ” I have not come to abolish
the Law or the Prophets ; I  have not
come to abolish them but to fulfill them. ” ( Matthew 5 : 17 ).

2.The Jewish leaders were also particularly incensed by
the fact that Jesus did not adhere to their own manmade rules and regulations
regarding the observance of the Sabbath.As far as the Jewish leaders were
concerned  Jesus showed a total disregard
for the obsevance of the Sabbath because He did not abide by their manmade
rules and regulations governing the observance of the Sabbath.These Jewish
religious leaders were so preoccupied with their manmade rules and regulations
governing the observance of the Sabbath that they lost sight of the true
meaning of the Sabbath as intended by God. Jesus wanted to restore the Sabbath
to what God originally intended the Sabbath to be. God wanted the Sabbath to be
day on which people would rest from their labours and worship God. So when
Jesus healed people on the Sabbath the Jewish religious leaders were furious
because healing people on the sabbath did not fit in with the way they decided
that the Sabbath should be observed, despite the fact that Jesus, the Son Of
God, told them that it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath ( Matthew 12 : 12
).

  3. What made
these Jewish religious leaders see even more red when it came to Jesus was that
Jesus proclaimed that God’s salvation was available to everyone who believes in
Him,that is Jesus, and serve Him. This meant that God’s salvation was not only
for the Jews but was also available to all Gentile believers. This was just too
much for the Jewish religious leaders to swallow as they believed  Gentiles to be unlean and therefore inferior
to them. Because they did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God they failed
to understand that Jesus came to save 
all sinners throughout the world. Because they did not understand Jesus’
true mission of bringing forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all humanity ,
they could not understand why Jesus offered God’s salvation to Gentiles as
well. Jesus came to save not only the Jews but the whole world.

4. A big affront to the Jewis religious leaders was the
fact that Jesus associated with sinners. The Jewish religious leaders actually
thought of themselves as superior to sinners and therefore did not associate
with them. Again the failure of the Jewish leaders to accept Jesus as the Son
of God and therefore not understanding that He came to save sinners led them to
detest Jesus for associating with sinners, the very people He came to save.
Jesus made the fact that He came to save sinners from their bondage to sin very
clear to the Jewish religious leaders when He said  in Matthew 9 : 12-13 : ” It is not the
healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means : ” I
desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but
sinners. ”

5. Although all the reasons mentioned above contributed
to the fact that the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus dead,the main reason for the
determination of the Jewish leaders to have Jesus killed was the fact that He
claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of of the living  God. This they could not accept because
acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God would mean that they would have to submit
to His authotity because as the Son of God Jesus’  authority would supersede theirs. Caught in
their pride and arrogance they were  not
prepared to give up their authority and status in Jewish society. To them their
authority and status in Jewish society 
was so important to them that they were blind to the fact that Jesus was
their long awaited Messiah, the Son of God 
Further the Jewish religious leaders expected the Messiah to be an all
conquering hero that would overthrow the hated Roman oppressors. Because Jesus
did not fit their  preconveived ideas of
what their Messiah would be like, they rejected His claims as the Messiah and
accused Him of blasphemy because He claimed the truth that He is the Son of God.
In their eyes it was blasphemy for anyone to equate themselves with God and by
claiming that He was the Son of God Jesus did exactly that. The Jewish
leaders  could not or would not accept
that Jesus was truly the Son of God because of what they could lose ( their
authority and their high standing in Jewish society ) by accepting Jesus as the
Son of God and bow to His authority.

From the reasons stated above it is clear that the Jewish
religious leaders was not interested in justice at all. They just wanted Jesus
dead and they would do just about anything to achieve this. Their motives for
wanting Jesus dead had nothing to do with justice but was based purely on
jealousy, hatred, pride and the refusal to believe that Jesus was who He
claimed to be, the Son of God.

Judas
Iscariot’s agreement to betray Jesus (Matthew 26 : 14-16 ; Mark14 : 10-11 and
Luke 22 : 3-6 ) :

In Luke 22 : 3 it is recorded that Satan entered Judas
Iscariot. Under the control of Satan Judas went to the chief priests and struck
a deal with them. He would betray Jesus into their hands in exchange for
money.The price agreed upon was thirty silver coins  ( Matthew 26 : 15 ), the price of a slave (
Exodus 31 : 32 ). How tragic that Judas was prepared to betray the Son of God,
the Saviour of the world for the price of a slave. The chief priests were
obviously delighted with this turn of events. They wanted to arrest Jesus and
have Him executed but they were afraid that the people might riot. Judas could
solve this problem for them because, being a disciple of Jesus, he would know
when Jesus would be alone with His disciples with no crowd present which would
create creating the perfect opportunity for Judas to hand Jesus over to them
wthout fear of a crowd that might cause a riot.

Why did Judas despite being called by Jesus to be one of
His disciples and were with Jesus throughout His ministry on earth prepared to
betray Jesus ? In my opinion there were two main motives why Judas chose this
cause of action. The first one was obviously greed ( his love for money ). He
agreed to betray Jesus in exchange for thirty silver coins.We also  know that Judas was a thief. In the gospel of
John in capter 12 :1-11  is recorded the
anointing, with expensive perfume , of Jesus by a woman. In this passage in verses
4-6 we read the following ” But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was
later to betray Him, objected,”Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given
to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared
about the poor but because he was a thief ; as keeper of the money bag, he used
to help himself to what was put into it.” Don’t we also betray Jesus by chasing
after money, ambition  and status in life
to such an extent that we forget to focus on Jesus and our commitment toHim?
Jesus need to remain the center of our focus everyday of our lives. Nothing
must become more important to us than our commitment to Jesus.

 The second
probable motive why Judas betrayed Jesus could be the fact that he became
disillussioned with Jesus. Like the other disciples he believed that Jesus was
the long awaited Messiah. He saw Jesus’ miracles, he saw Jesus driving out
demons demonstrating His authority over Satan and his demons and he also heard
how Jesus taught with absolute authority about God, the kingdom of heaven and
how to go about living lives that are pleasing to God.Despite all of this Judas
was unable to understand Jesus’ mission. Judas believed that Jesus, as the long
awaited Messiah, came to overthrow and drive the hated Roman oppressors from
Israel and restore the kingdom of Israel to it’s former glory , as it was
during the reigns of David and Solomon. I believe that Judas followed Jesus
because he was power hungry. He wanted an important position in this new
kingdom of Israel that he believed Jesus was going to establish. When he
realised Jesus was not going to do this he became disillussioned with Jesus. It
was this disillussionment that gave Satan the opportunity to enter him, driving
him to betray Jesus. Don’t we also betray Jesus and our commitment to Him  when we desire power in this world so much
that our efforts to gain that power in this world become more important than
Jesus and our commitment to Him?

We need to be very vigilant ,watchfull and persistant in
prayer and the study of God’s Word so that Satan cannot use money, power,
ambition and status or any other wordly things to lure us away from focusing on
Jesus and our commitment to Him. I do not say it is wrong to want to have thse
things it but we must never let it become more important than our devotion to
Jesus and our commitment to Him. Jesus and our commitment to Him must remain our first priority in life.