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A Saviour who divides - Matthew 26:1-16

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 7th March 2021.

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Passion 1 - Matthew 26 v 1-16 “A Saviour who Divides”


Intro: Respond properly to Jesus


                1) Jesus is a hated saviour (v1-5)

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.” 


  • The ‘best’ people hated Jesus



  • Because Jesus told them they needed a saviour



Hatred makes sense – apathy towards Jesus is like reading a newspaper while your house burns down around you



            2) Jesus is a loved saviour (v6-13)

“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.”

  • The ‘religious’ around were indignant


Religion leads to judgement and self-righteousness.


It is right to reject religion because it cannot change us.



  • The woman loved Jesus properly


Her heart responded in love to the God of love


The cross of Jesus Christ means we can be changed from within





Conclusion: (v14-16)

  • Come to Jesus in Faith for the first time


  • Come to Jesus again for real heart change



Passion 1 - Matthew 26 v 1-16 “A Saviour who Divides”

Home Group Questions

1) The Open Doors video reminded us that across the world people who love Jesus are hated for their faith. Why do you think so many people are apathetic to Jesus in the UK?



2) Read Matt 26 v 1-5. Why did the chief priests and elders hate Jesus so much? What parts of Jesus’ teaching might cause the people around us to hate us?



3) Have you experienced opposition in your life to the gospel? How can we respond well and how should we encourage one another during these trials? Take time now to pray for one another in response to these answers.



4) Read Matt 26 v 6-13. Why do you think the woman spent her precious perfume on Jesus? Are there sacrifices and costs that we incur as Christians that help us to identify with this woman?



5) Read Matt 26 v 14-16. How can we avoid the cold-heartedness of Judas towards Jesus and instead burn with love for Jesus like the woman did?

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