The New Word According to Matthew Chapter 25-28

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The Ten Virgins

     25[1-13] The Realm of Heaven is like ten virgins who have never been sexually active, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridal party. And five of them were wise, but five were stupid. Those who were stupid took their lamps, but forgot to take oil with them. But the wise took oil in their bottles along with their lamps. And while they waited for the bridal party, they all fell asleep. And at midnight, someone hollered out, ‘The bridal party is coming; go out to meet them.’ Then they all got up, and started getting their lamps ready. But those who were stupid said to those who were wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps have gone out.’ But those who were wise said, ‘We can’t; there won’t be enough for both us and you: go buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy some, the bridal party came; and those who were ready went in with them to the marriage ceremony and the door was shut. Then the other virgins came later, saying, ‘Open the door; Open the door.’ But the One who opened the door answered, ‘The truth is, I don’t even know who you are.’ So watch, because you don’t know the day or the hour that I’ll come.

The Traveling Owner

    [14-30] And heaven is like an Owner traveling to a far away country, who called the workers giving them everything to manage. And one was given five valuable coins, to another, two, and to another, one; to each one of them for their different abilities; and then the Owner left soon afterwards. Then the one who had gotten the five coins went and traded with the coins, and got five more coins. And the one who had gotten two, gained another two, as well. But the one who had gotten only one coin  went and dug a hole in the ground, and hid the Owner’s money. So after a long time the owner came, and took account of them. And so the one who had gotten five coins came and brought the other five coins also, saying, ‘Boss, You gave me five coins and I’ve gained five more coins.’ The owner said, ‘Well done, you’re a good and faithful worker: you’ve been faithful over a few things, so I’ll make you manager over many things: Come into My house and celebrate with Me.’ And the one who had gotten two coins came saying, ‘Boss, You gave me two coins and I’ve gained two more coins beside them.’ And the owner said, ‘Well done, you’re a good and faithful worker; you’ve been faithful over a few things, so I’ll make you manager over many things: Come into My house and celebrate with Me.’ Then the one who had gotten only one coin came saying, ‘Boss, I knew you that you were a hard person, making profit from others, and collecting from where others have done business: So I was afraid, and went and hid your coin in the earth: See, here is what’s yours.’ So the owner answered said, ‘You are a bad and lazy worker, you knew that I make profit from others, and collect from where others have done business: So you should have put My money in the bank, and then at My coming I would have gotten My own with interest. Take the coin from this worker, and give it to the one that has ten coins.’ So to everyone that has earned something, more will be given, and they’ll become rich: but from those who haven’t earned anything, even what they have will be taken away. And the unprofitable worker will be put into the blackest darkness: where they’ll be crying and clenching their teeth.

The Judgment of the Good and the Bad

    [31-46] And when I come in My victory, and all the holy angels with Me, then I’ll sit on My throne of glory: And all nations will gather to Me: and I will separate them from one another, as a Keeper divides one kind of animal from another: And I will put the good ones on the right side of Me, but the bad ones on the left. Then I will say to those on the right side, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My God, inherit the realm of God prepared for you from the beginning of the world: Because I was hungry, and you gave Me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; Naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then those who do good will answer, saying, ‘Christ, when did we see You hungry, and feed You? Or thirsty, and gave You something to drink? When did we see You as a stranger, and take You in? Or naked, and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And I will answer and say to them, ‘The truth is, as much as you’ve helped one of the least of these My children, you’ve helped Me.’ Then I will say to those on the left hand ‘Go away from Me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and the evil spirits: because I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you didn’t take Me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit Me.’ Then they’ll also answer, saying, ‘Christ, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help You?’ Then I will answer them, saying, ‘The truth is, as much as you didn’t help one of the least of these, you didn’t help Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment: but those who did right will go into everlasting life.”

Yeshua is anointed at Bethany

     26[1-5] And then, when Yeshua had finished all these stories, the Christ said to the followers, “You know that the celebration of the Passover is in two days, and I will be handed over and sentenced to death on a cross.” Then the leading priests and the religious leaders and the elders of the people gathered together at the mansion of Caiaphas, the leading priest and discussed how to take and kill Yeshua secretly. But they said, “Not on the celebration day, in case the people start an uproar.”

    [6] Now when Yeshua was in Bethany, in the home of Simon, a person who had leprosy, a woman came in having an alabaster jar of very expensive perfumed oil, and poured it on Yeshua’s head, while they were eating a meal. But when the followers saw it, they resented it, saying, “Why was this wasted?” because this perfume might have been sold for a lot of money, and given to those who are poor. Then Yeshua, realizing their resentment, answered, “Why do you trouble this woman? She’s done a very good thing for Me. You’ll always have those who are poor with you; but I won’t be here forever. When she poured this perfume on My body, she did it for My coming burial. The truth is, whenever this New Word is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done for Me, will be told for a memorial of her also.”

Judas Plans to Hand Yeshua Over to the Priests

    [14-16] Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the leading priests, and asked them, “What will you give me if I hand over Yeshua to you?” And they promised him thirty pieces of silver. And from then on Judas looked for a chance to hand over the Christ.

The Passover Supper

    [17-25] Now on the first day of the celebration of unleavened bread the followers came to Yeshua, asking, “Where would you like us to get ready to eat the Passover?” And the Christ said, “Go into the city, and say to a certain person, The Christ said, My time is here; I’ll keep the Passover with My followers at your home.” And the followers did as Yeshua had told them; and they got ready for the Passover. Now when the evening came, Yeshua sat down with the twelve. And as they ate, the Christ said, “The truth is, that one of you will hand Me over.” And they were very upset, and all of them began to ask the Christ, “Is it me?” And Yeshua answered, “Whoever dips their hand in the dish with Me will be the one who hands Me over. I go as the Word says of Me: but that person who hands Me over will be very sorry! It would have been better for that person if they had never been born.” Then Judas, which handed over the Christ, asked, “Christ, is it me?” And Yeshua answered, “It’s just as you say.”

    [26-35] And as they were eating, Yeshua took the loaf bread, and blessed it, and broke it apart, giving some to each of the followers, saying, “Take this and eat it all; this is a memorial of My body.” And then Yeshua took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Each of you drink some of it, because this is a memorial of My blood for the New Word, which will be shed for taking away the sins of many people. But I tell you, I won’t drink wine again, until the day when I drink it anew with you in the realm of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Yeshua said, “Every one of you will leave Me alone tonight because the Word says, ‘When the Keeper is taken, the herd will be scattered.’ But after I come to life again, I’ll go to meet you in Galilee.” Then Peter said, “Even if everyone else leaves you, I won’t ever leave you.” But Yeshua said, “The truth is, that tonight, before the rooster crows, you’ll disown Me three times.” Peter said, “Even if I should die with you, I still won’t disown you.” And all the followers said the same thing.

Prayer in the Garden

    [36-46] Then Yeshua came with them to a garden, called Gethsemane, saying to the followers, “Sit here, while I go and pray over there.” But the Christ took Peter, James and John along, and becoming very sad, said, “My soul is so sad, I’m about to die: stay here, and pray with Me.” And Yeshua went a little farther, laid face down, and prayed, saying, “My God, if it’s possible; don’t let this happen to Me: but in the same way, don’t let it be as I want, but as You want.” And then Yeshua came to the followers, and finding them sleeping, said to Peter, “Couldn’t you even pray with Me an hour? Watch and pray, so that you won’t be tempted: even if the spirit’s willing, the body is weak.” And the Christ went away the second time, and prayed, saying, “My God, if this must happen to Me, I want whatever You want to be done.” And the Christ came and found them sleeping again because they were very tired. So Yeshua left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then the Christ came to the followers, saying to them, “You might as well sleep, now. See, it’s time now, and I am given into the hands of sinners. Get up, we have to go. See, the one who is handing Me over is here, now.”

Yeshua Arrested

     [47-56] And while Yeshua was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came with a great crowd, who had swords and sticks, from the leading priests and elders of the people. Now Judas, who handed over the Christ, gave them a sign, saying, “The One who I greet with a kiss is the One to hold on to.” And then Judas came up to Yeshua, saying, “Hello, Teacher”; and kissed the Christ. And Yeshua said, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came, taking hold of Yeshua, and took the Christ. And One of those who was with Yeshua drew a sword, and struck one of the leading priest’s workers, and cut off his ear. Then Yeshua said, “Put your sword back in its place, because anyone who uses a sword will be killed by a sword. Don’t you know that I can pray to My God right now, and God would quickly send Me more than twelve thousand angels? But then how would the things that God’s Words’ said would happen take place?” And at that time Yeshua said to the crowds, “Have you come out to take Me with swords and sticks as if I were a thief? I sat with you daily in the place of worship, teaching and you didn’t take Me then.” But all this happened, so that the Words of the great preachers would happen. Then all the followers left the Christ, and ran away.

Yeshua Brought to Caiaphas

     [57-68] And those who had taken Yeshua led the Christ away to Caiaphas the leading priest, where some of the religious leaders and the elders were gathered. But Peter followed along far off and went to the leading priest’s mansion, and went in, and sat with the workers, to see what would happen. Now the leading priests, and elders, and all the court, looked for false witnesses against Yeshua, in order to put the Christ to death; But they found no one. Even though many false witnesses came, still they found no one. At last, two false witnesses came, and said, “This person said, ‘I am able to destroy the House of God, and build it again in three days.’” And the leading priest got up, saying, “Don’t you have anything to say? What is this that these people speak against you?” But Yeshua didn’t say anything. And the leading priest said, “I ask you to swear by the Living God, if you’re the Christ, the Child of God.” Then Yeshua said, “It’s just as you say: but in the same way, I tell you, later, you’ll see Me sitting on the throne of God’s power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Then the leading priest tore his clothes, saying, “This person has spoken disrespectfully of God; Why do we need any more witnesses? Now you’ve heard for yourselves this disrespect of God. So what do you think we should do?” They answered, “This person is guilty of death.”  Then they spit in the Christ’s face, and beat the Christ; and others slapped the Christ with the palms of their hands, saying, “Tell us, Christ, who hit you?”

The Rooster Crows

     [69-75] Now Peter, who was sitting outside the mansion was asked by a girl, “Aren’t you one of those who was with Yeshua of Galilee?” But he denied it to everyone there, saying, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” And when he had gone into the porch, another girl saw him; saying to those who were there, “This person was with Yeshua of Nazareth, too.” And again he denied knowing the Christ, and cursing, he said, “I swear I don’t know that person!” And after a while those who stood around came to Peter, saying, “Surely you’re one of them; the way you speak gives you away.” Then Peter began to curse and to swear, saying, “I don’t know who that person is.” And suddenly the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the Words of Yeshua, who had said, “Before the rooster crows, you’ll disown Me three times.”  And Peter left there, and cried with great sorrow.

The Christ brought to Pilate

     27[1-10] When the morning came, all the leading priests and elders of the people, planning to put the Christ to death. They tied up and led Yeshua away to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, who had handed over the Christ, when he saw that the Christ was to be sentenced to death, changed his mind about it all, and brought the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and elders, saying, “I’ve sinned and handed over innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to that.” And Judas threw down the pieces of silver in the place of worship, and went and hung himself. And the leading priests took the silver pieces, saying, “It isn’t right to put them into the treasury, because it’s the price of blood.” So they came up with a plan, and bought with it the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. And that field is called, The field of blood, even today. And what was spoken of by Jeremiah, the great preacher, happened, who wrote, “and they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of the One who was priced, whom those of the children of Israel put a price on; and gave them for the potter’s field, as Yahweh told me.”

     [11-18] And as Yeshua stood in front of the governor, the governor asked the Christ, saying, “Are you the Ruler of the Jews?” And Yeshua said, “It’s just as you say.” And Yeshua, being accused by the leading priests and elders, didn’t say anything. Then Pilate asked the Christ, “Don’t you hear what all they’re saying about you?” But the governor was greatly amazed because the Christ never answered a word. Now at the time of their celebration, the governor usually freed a prisoner, whoever the people wanted him to. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. So when they were gathered together, Pilate, knowing that it was for jealousy that they had brought the Christ to him, asked, “Who do you want me to free to you? Barabbas, or Yeshua, which is called the Christ?”

Pilate’s Wife

     [19-23] When he sat down on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, saying, “Don’t have anything to do with the punishment of that person, because I’ve had horrible dreams today because this person is innocent.” But the leading priests and elders won over the crowd to ask for Barabbas, and have Yeshua killed. So the governor asked them again, “Which of the two do you want me to free to you?” They answered, “Barabbas.” So Pilate asked, “Then what should I do with Yeshua, who is called Christ?” And they all said to him, “Put Yeshua to death!” And the governor said, “Why, what evil has this person done?” But they hollered out all the more, saying, “Put Yeshua to death!”

    [24-27] When Pilate saw that he couldn’t overcome them, and that everything was in disorder, he took a bowl of water, and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this good person: you see to it.” Then all the people said, “May the guilt of this person’s blood be on us, and on our children.” Then he freed Barabbas to them: and when he had ordered Yeshua to be beaten, he handed the Christ over to them to be put to death.

     [28-33]Then the guards of the governor took Yeshua into the common hall, and the whole troop gathered together. They stripped Yeshua, and then put a scarlet robe on the Christ. And making a crown of thorns, they put it on Yeshua’s head, and put a reed in the Christ’s right hand: and bowed down on their knees, and mocked, saying, “Hello, Ruler of the Jews!” And they spit on Yeshua, and took the reed, and hit the Christ on the head with it. And after they had mocked Yeshua, they took the robe off, and put the Christ’s own clothing back on, and led the Christ away to be put to death.

Yeshua on the Cross

     [32-37] And as they came out, they found someone by the name of Simon from Cyrene, and told him to carry the cross. And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, which means, The Place of the Skull, they offered the Christ sour wine mixed with a drug. But when Yeshua had tasted it, the Christ wouldn’t drink it. And after putting Yeshua on a cross, they divided the clothes of the Christ, and placed bets on them: so that it would happen which was spoken by the great preacher, “They divided My clothes among them, and placed bets on them.” And sitting down, they watched the Christ hanging there; And they put up over the Christ’s head their accusation written, “This is Yeshua, The Ruler of the Jews.”

Two Criminals

     [38-49]Then were there two criminals being put to death on each side of Yeshua. And those who passed by hated the Christ, shaking their heads, and saying, “You said that you could destroy the place of worship, and build it again in three days, so save yourself. If you’re the Child of God, come down from the cross.” Also the leading priests were mocking the Christ, along with the religious leaders and elders, saying, “You saved others; why can’t You save Yourself. If You’re the Ruler of Israel, come down from the cross right now, and we’ll believe You. You trusted in God; let God deliver You now, if God will have You,” because Yeshua had said, “I am the Child of God.” The two criminals also, which were put to death with the Christ, said the same.

Yeshua Dies on the Cross

     [45-50] Now from noon till three o’clock there was darkness everywhere. And about three o’clock Yeshua hollered out, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, My God, why have You left Me?” And some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This One calls for Elijah.” And suddenly one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed, and gave the Christ a drink. Then the rest said, “Wait, let’s see whether Elijah will come or not.” And hollering out again with a loud voice, the Christ gave up the Spirit.

     [51-55] And at that very time the curtain in the place of worship was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and there was an earthquake that opened up the rocks; And the graves began to open; and many of those who had died came to life again, and after they had come to life again, came out of their graves and went into the Holy City of Jerusalem, appearing to many. Now when the guards who were watching Yeshua saw the earthquake, and what had happened, they were very afraid, and one of them said, “It’s true, this was the Child of God.”

The Christ Buried in a New Tomb

     [55-61] And many women were there, watching from far off, who had followed Yeshua from Galilee, and had ministered to the Christ, among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Joses, and Salome, the mother of James and John, the wife of Zebedee. And when the evening came, a rich person of Arimathaea, who was named Joseph, who was also a follower of Yeshua, went to Pilate, and begged for the body of Yeshua. Then Pilate ordered the body to be given to him. And when Joseph had taken the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, he laid it in his own new tomb, which had been cut out of the rock; and a great stone was rolled in front of the door of the tomb, and then he left. And Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, was sitting across from the tomb.

The Tomb Marked

     [62-66] Now the next day, which followed the day of the preparation, the leading priests and religious leaders came together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember when Yeshua was still alive, that liar said, ‘After three days I’ll come to life again.’ Order guards to watch the tomb until the third day, in case the followers come by night, and steal the body away, and say to the people, the Christ is alive from the dead: so the last lie will be worse than the first one.” So Pilate answered, “You can stand guard: Go, and make it as safe as you can.” So they went, and made sure the tomb was secure, sealing the stone, and standing guard.

The Women See the Risen Christ

     28[1-10] As Saturday night ended and it began to dawn on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And there was a great earthquake because the Angel of God came down from heaven, and rolled back the stone from the door, sitting on it. And the Angel’s appearance was as bright as lightning, whose clothing was as white as snow: And the guards shook with fear, frozen stiff like the dead. And the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid because I know that you’re looking for Yeshua, who was put to death. But Yeshua isn’t here because the Christ is alive, as was foretold. Come and see the place where the Christ lay. And go quickly, and tell the followers that the Christ has come back alive from the dead; Who’s going to come to you in Galilee; where you’ll see the Christ: Listen to what I’ve told you.” And they went quickly from the tomb, fearful, but with great joy; and ran to bring word to the followers. And as they went to tell the followers, Yeshua met them, saying, “Hello!” And they came and worshipped the Christ holding Yeshua by the feet. Then Yeshua said, “Don’t be afraid, but go and tell my followers that I am going into Galilee, and they’ll see Me there.”

The Guards Bribed

    [11-15] Now when they were going, some of the guards came into the city, and told the leading priests everything that had happened. And when they were together with the elders, and had gotten their advice, they gave a large sum of money to the guards, telling them to say, “The followers came by night, and stole the body away while we slept.” And they told them, “If this should come to the governor’s ears, we’ll prove it to him, and keep you safe.” So they took the money, and did as they were told: and these words are commonly told among the Jews until today.

The Mission of the Followers

    [16-20] Then the eleven followers went away into Galilee, up on a mountain where Yeshua had told them to go. And when they saw Yeshua, they worshipped the Christ: but some of them doubted. And Yeshua came and spoke to them, saying, “I’ve been given all power in heaven and in earth. So go, and make followers of all people, baptizing them in the Name of Yahweh God, and of Yeshua, the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to remember and do everything I’ve told you: And I am always with you, even to the end of time. So be it!”

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