M A T T H E W.
The narrative of the death and sufferings of
Christ is more particularly and fully recorded by all the four
evangelists than any part of his history; for what should be
determine, and desire to know, but Christ, and him crucified? And
this chapter begins that memorable narrative. The year of the
redeemed was now come, the seventy weeks determined were now
accomplished, when transgression must be finished, reconciliation
made, and an everlasting righteousness brought in, by the cutting
off of Messiah the Prince, Dan. ix.
24, 26. That awful scene is here introduced, to be read
with reverence and holy fear. In this chapter, we have, I. The
preliminaries, or prefaces, to Christ's sufferings. 1. The previous
notice given by him to his disciples, ver. 1, 2. 2. The rulers' conspiracy against
him, ver. 3-5. 3. The
anointing of his head at a supper in Bethany, ver. 6-13. 4. Judas's bargain with the
priests to betray him, ver.
14-16. 5. Christ eating the passover with his disciples,
ver. 17-25. 6. His
instituting the Lord's supper, and his discourse with his disciples
after it, ver. 26-35.
II. His entrance upon them, and some of the particulars of them. 1.
His agony in the garden, ver.
36-46. 2. The seizing of him by the officers, with
Judas's help, ver.
47-56. 3. His arraignment before the chief priest, and
his condemnation in his court, ver.
57-68. 4. Peter's denying him, ver. 69-75.