Matthew 26:14-27:66 (click for full reading)
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
According to Matthew
(Click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
On this Sunday of the passion or Palm Sunday, we read the entire passion narrative from the gospel of Matthew. Simply click on the link above to share the experience of just listening to the scripture being read in the midst of the gathered congregation. Most people report that they have a unique experience with God’s word when they settle in and hear it the way the earliest believers did nearly 2,000 years ago.
Another good way to consider this passage more deeply is to read it on your own first. As you read the passage, take note of details that jump out at you. What emotions do you feel as you read this scripture? Now, set your bible aside and simply listen to the story from the podcast link above.
Questions to ponder/discuss
1. As you read or listened to the passion narrative from Matthew, did something in particular come to your attention in a new way?
2. If you read the passage first and then listened to the podcast, how were these two experiences different from each other?
3. After reading/hearing Matthew’s passion account, try telling the story to someone else in your own words. If you are in a small group, you might take turns trying this. Then talk about how each telling was unique.
The Word of God is full of passion, drama and life. Holy week is the perfect time to enter the story deeply and be reminded that your place in God’s story of salvation is still being written.