As we come to chapter 26 in our church’s study through Matthew, we begin the last act in the great story of God’s salvation. This is what Matthew has been building to since the opening words of the book. As one scholar observed, “The reason for the incarnation begins here. God became human flesh and walked Planet Earth in order to die as the atoning sacrifice for our sin” [Grant Osborne, Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Matthew, pg. 941]. In this sermon, we examine the initial preparations for Christ’s atoning sacrifice and ask ourselves three questions about our own response to Jesus.